The man suspected of fatally shooting a woman in St. Paul’s Lowertown this weekend and wounding another man served as a rifleman in the United States for four years.
Scott Alan Klund, 29, reached the rank of corporal within the military branch, according to Yvonne Carlock, deputy public affairs officer for the . His dates of service stretched from May 2007 to May 2011.
Klund was arrested Saturday morning after St. Paul police found him inside his apartment at 250 E. Fifth St. along with a deceased woman and a man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
He is being held on suspicion of murder and attempted murder. He had not been charged as of Monday afternoon.
Officers responded to the address after receiving reports of gunfire in the building around 3:30 a.m. Saturday. Klund also allegedly called 911 and said he’d shot a man several times and was still in the apartment with him and a rifle, according to emergency radio traffic posted by MN Police Clips.
Charlotte Ann Rawls, 52, was discovered shot to death inside Klund’s residence, said St. Paul Police spokesman Steve Linders. The wounded male found with her was taken by paramedics to Regions Hospital, where he was treated for what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. His identity has not been released.
Linders said Rawls was homeless. A person who identified himself as Rawls’ son in an email to the Pioneer Press said the woman had been temporarily staying with friends after losing her apartment.
None of her other relatives could not be reached for comment.
Police have not released any additional information about what may have led up to the shooting nor the nature of the relationships between Klund and the victims.
Klund was deployed three times while with the , according to military records. He served in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom for just over six months in 2008. He also did stints in the Philippines and Thailand in 2010.
He racked up several honors during his service, including the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terror Service Medal and others.
The 29-year-old, who formerly lived in Duluth, was enrolled as a pre-business and biology student at Metropolitan State University last spring, according to a spokesman for the school.
His social media accounts indicate he may have also previously attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth and Lake Superior College.
Klund’s scant criminal record in Minnesota includes only convictions for traffic violations.
His family could not be immediately reached for comment.
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