Skip to comments.St. Paul shooting victim 'was getting his life back on track,' friend says
Posted on 09/30/2011 6:53:01 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB
Galtney was shot near East Fourth Street and Bates Avenue in St. Paul's Dayton's Bluff neighborhood just after 6:30 p.m., police said. Friends drove him to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where he died.
Police say Nichlis John Kruse, 24, also known as Nicholas, was booked into the Ramsey County Jail early Thursday on suspicion of aiding an offender. Kruse was in a vehicle stopped by police Wednesday night near Johnson Parkway and Minnehaha Avenue in St. Paul. Police haven't ruled out more arrests.
Galtney "was getting his life back on track," Yvette White said Thursday of her friend. "It's so sad."
He recently got his license to cut hair, said another friend, Tru James. "He was a good kid," said James, who helped get Galtney a job.
Galtney had three children, all younger than 1 year old, said Shelethya Dansby, a friend who also described herself as his "sister."
Friends poured alcohol on the ground at the scene of the shooting in Galtney's honor. An empty gin bottle remained.
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One thing I have learned NOT TO DO is to try to straighten out my life or get it back on track.
It seems to make one quite vulnerable to being shot by a gangster.
“One thing I have learned NOT TO DO is to try to straighten out my life or get it back on track.
It seems to make one quite vulnerable to being shot by a gangster.”
“Galtney had three children, all younger than 1 year old”
Three different mothers?
Or did she have triplets,
or did one have twin.........oh never mind!
Galtney had three children, all younger than 1 year old
Not exactly a committed partner.
He’s keepin it real.
Can’t get your links to work. Could you give more details on when, why, where, by whom this ‘recovering’ man was shot?
Agreed- The old “getting his life turned around” or,
“really getting his life together” is usually the precursor
to “he was a good boy, why did someone have to shoot him?”
And if you’ve got only one day left ‘til retirement, CALL IN SICK! Nothing good is ever going to happen if you show up.
Nope, still not working.
just getting their life turned around
And I am upping my IQ. Right.
From the article:
They do not believe the shooting was random. It was unclear whether Galtney was shot while in the street or in a car. Sage Holben, who was outside at the time, heard the shots. She saw a man in a white T-shirt running but didn't see anyone wounded in the street, she said.
Galtney had a checkered past.
He was convicted of first-degree aggravated robbery and possession of a firearm by an illegal person in 2006, according to court documents.
In upholding Galtney's conviction, the state Court of Appeals affirmed that he was a gang member.
The 2006 robbery victim told police Galtney repeated the initials "LTG" during the robbery, which the victim said referred to Lowertown Gangsters. Galtney also was convicted of robbery and firearm possession for the benefit of a gang.
He spent nearly three years in prison and was released in June 2010, according to the Minnesota Department of Corrections.
Asked if the shooting might have been gang-related, officer John Keating, a police spokesman, said investigators were trying to determine what led to the shooting.
Officers responded to a call of gunfire in the area of Bates Avenue and East Fourth Street about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. When officers arrived, another call came in about a man with gunshot wounds at Regions Hospital.
Neighbors said they heard four to six shots fired.
A bullet hole was visible in the bumper of a red Dodge minivan parked south of the intersection on Fourth Street.
"That's what worries me," 20-year resident Jim Wardlaw said Wednesday night, pointing to the van's bullet hole. "We were lucky no one was outside."
After hearing gunshots, David Valentine, who lives north of the intersection on Fourth Street, went out to the street to see what happened. He said Wednesday night that he almost collided with a man running from the intersection.
"He said, 'They're shooting at me,' " Valentine said.
Holben, who has lived at East Fourth and Bates for more than 10 years, has long been an active resident and hosts movies for children on her porch. She said it's not unusual for eight to 15 kids to be biking the streets.
"There were no kids around (Wednesday night)," Holben said. "You can be thankful for that."
The Metropolitan State University library technician said she had a hard time concentrating at work Thursday, so she went home to make a pot of chili for neighbors.
She invited passers-by, including a friend of Galtney's, to come over for chili, cookies and coffee.
"I think people just need to be together," she said.
Up until a few years ago, several drug houses were on Holben's block, she said. The city cracked down on the houses, and drug activity moved to cars.
Including Galtney's death, there have been at least six homicides in Dayton's Bluff since 2007. A drug dealer was killed after a deal went awry in January 2009, and a Hmong man was the target of a drive-by shooting in June of that year. Both incidents took place less than two miles from the corner where Galtney was shot.
Holben said that gangs sometimes walk by her house, but that it has been a quiet summer.
"You keep going," she said. "The main thing is to keep the kids safe."
Kids need to be taught that it may be easy to get into a gang, but folks are dying to get out of them.
No, but he did have a license to cut hair. I'm sure that allowed him to provide for all the needs of three young children and their babymammas.
or just keep making 3 babies a year as replacement democrat voters.
I’ll bet he was “an aspiring rapper” too. Not really a musician, just a wannabe....
‘He spent nearly three years in prison and was released in June 2010, according to the Minnesota Department of Corrections.’
He must have been very busy right after being released to have 3 kids under 1.