Shoreview shooting victims identified

Ramsey County authorities have released the names of the victims from a deadly shooting that occurred at a Shoreview home Tuesday morning, June 4.

Nancy Anne Sullivan, 57, and Johnny Lee Simpson, 65, were pronounced dead at the scene when officers arrived around 10 a.m. 

The two were reportedly in a long-term romantic relationship and lived together in the home where the shooting took place. It is believed that Sullivan was ending the relationship with Simpson and in the process of moving out when neighbors reported hearing the gunfire.

Ramsey County Sheriff's Department spokesman Randy Gustafson said movers were at the home and fled when they heard gunshots. The moving van was parked on the street and packing boxes were still stacked next to it as detectives conducted their investigation Tuesday afternoon.

"We're investigating this as if it's a murder-suicide with Simpson as the suspect," Gustafson said.

Two other victims sustained gunshot wounds at the same home on the 5900 block of Grotto Street in northern Shoreview and have been identified as Tony Sewell Brown, 28, of St. Paul and Kathleen Maureen Fay, 29, of St. Paul.

Fay is Sullivan's daughter, and Gustafson said police believe that she and Brown were a couple and had a child together.

Brown and Fay were transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul on Tuesday where they both underwent surgery, but as of Wednesday evening officials at the hospital had not released their condition, according to Gustafson.

Sullivan was a partner at the Barnes & Thornburg law firm in Minneapolis.

Peter Ekberg, the firms managing partner said in a statement, "We continue to grieve the loss of our colleague, Nancy Sullivan, and those who continue to suffer due to yesterday's tragic event. Grief counselors are at our office today for those staff members and attorney's who may need to express themselves and seek support during this difficult time for all of us.

"Nancy was a great lawyer and a wonderful person. She will be missed by all of us," he said.

Ekberg added that members of the law firm are awaiting details about Sullivan's funeral arrangements and will be there to support the family in their efforts to recover from the tragedy.

The shootings remains under investigation by the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office with the assistance of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Joshua Nielsen can be reached at or at 651-748-7824.

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