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As Twin Cities street gangs evolve, traditional hierarchies vanish


February 3, 2020

Aaron Lavinsky – Star Tribune

Members of the St. Paul Police Department's gang unit, including Sgt. Shawn Campbell, left, and officer Colby Bragg, right, returned to their cars after searching a home in connection with a 2019 shooting.

By the time the bullets stopped flying, more than 50 casings littered the northeast Minneapolis street.

As police detectives continued to search for suspects in the shootout that led to a killing last June, they started to connect seemingly unrelated dots: Some of the alleged shooters belonged not only to Minneapolis street gangs, but also crews from across the river in St. Paul.


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