Arrest made, victim identified in West Side Stryker Avenue homicide

St. Paul police have identified the victim in a Thursday homicide of a 48-year-old man and arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with the crime.

According to a Tweet from the St. Paul Police Department, the victim in the shooting is Abdullah Arif, 48, of Stillwater.

On Friday, a 21-year-old man, Elias Kareem Hany-Aly, was booked on suspicion of murder in connection with the death.

Last year, Hany-Aly was charged with two other men in a drive-by shooting in which nearly four dozen gunshots were fired at two Maplewood apartment buildings.

He and two other men were charged with firing guns through windows and walls of the buildings along Clarence Street North and striking parked vehicles. The trio then led police on a high-speed chase in a stolen Dodge Charger from Maplewood to St. Anthony, where they crashed into a utility pole and ran. Officers soon arrested them, while also recovering four Glock handguns, three of which were stolen, near the crash scene, according to the charges.

In Thursday’s homicide, officers responded shortly after 3:30 p.m. Thursday to a report of a shooting in the 500 block of Stryker Avenue, where they found a man suffering from a gunshot wound to his torso, according to a St. Paul Police Department news release.

Officers provided first aid to the wounded man until St. Paul Fire Department medics arrived and took him to Regions Hospital, where he later died, the news release said.

The homicide is the third of the year in St. Paul, including last Friday’s stabbing of a 15-year-old Harding High School student and Saturday’s shooting by a police officer of a 65-year-old man allegedly brandishing a knife at a West End apartment building.

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