The "north end" in this case was in Saint Paul's infamous Rice Street area. There are a mix of good & bad all along this north/south strip, but I generally wouldn't venture there myself...especially at night.
Robbers shoot man in leg in nighttime St. Paul attack
This would be one of the great reasons to carry in your home/on your property! Good neighborhood or bad, are you expecting to see someone when you open your garage door?