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15 people are shot – and a woman in her 20s killed – after shooting a bar in St. Paul, Minnesota


A young woman was killed and 14 others were shot after multiple gunmen opened fire at a crowded bar in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota early Sunday morning.

Police found a ‘chaotic scene’ after responding to the Seventh Street Truck Park bar at 12.15am.

A woman in her 20s was pronounced dead and 14 others were rushed to local hospitals with gunshot wounds, though the 14 are all expected to survive, according to the Saint Paul Police Department. 

‘There were gunshot wound victims lying in the street outside the bar, there were gunshot wound victims lying in the sidewalk outside the bar and there were gunshot wound victims lying on the floor inside the bar,’ police spokesman Steve Linders told reporters at the scene.

No arrests have been made and no motive has been established, but officers confirmed that there were ‘several shooters.’ 

Police in St. Paul, Minnesota are investigating a shooting that left one dead at downtown bar

The incident took place Sunday shortly after midnight at a packed bar on West Seventh Street

The incident took place Sunday shortly after midnight at a packed bar on West Seventh Street

Some were hit in the ankles and arms, Linders said, while others were more seriously injured.  

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy on the deceased woman to confirm her identity and cause of death. 

Five investigators with the police department’s homicide unit are looking into the incident with patrol officers, the forensics services unit and the video management unit, police said in a statement posted Sunday at 7.44am.

News outlets have identified the bar as the Seventh Street Truck Park, which hosts multiple food trucks in an indoor space

News outlets have identified the bar as the Seventh Street Truck Park, which hosts multiple food trucks in an indoor space

Police believe that multiple shooters are responsible, but there have been no arrests

Police believe that multiple shooters are responsible, but there have been no arrests

Police said they worked with ‘Good Samaritans’ to render aid and make sure it was safe for fire medics to enter the area.

‘My heart breaks for the woman who was killed, her loved ones and everyone else who was in that bar this morning,’ said police chief Todd Axtell. 

‘In an instant, they found themselves caught in a hellish situation. I want them to know that we have the best investigators in the country, and we won’t stop until we find the people responsible for this madness. We will do our part to hold them accountable.’ 

The incident took place at the 200 block of West Seventh Street, according to officers. 

Multiple local news outlets, including KSTP and the Saint Paul Pioneer Press named the location as Seventh Street Truck Park, an indoor bar lined with various ‘food trucks’ serving different types of cuisine.

Four of the injured were taken to Regions Hospital, three to United Hospital and seven to Hennepin County Medical Center, police spokesman Linders said. Some rode by ambulance and others in private cars.

The homicide was the 32nd of the year in the city, according to police, meaning the city is likely on track to break last year’s record.

Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter responded in a statement hours after the shooting

Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter responded in a statement hours after the shooting

'Our community is devastated by the shocking scenes from last night,' the mayor tweeted

‘Our community is devastated by the shocking scenes from last night,’ the mayor tweeted

There were 34 homicides in Saint Paul in 2020, matching the 1992 record, according to the Pioneer Press.

‘Our community is devastated by the shocking scenes from last night,’ Mayor Melvin Carter of the Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party said in a statement posted to Twitter hours after the incident.

‘As our St. Paul officers work to bring those responsible for these senseless acts into custody, our work to build more proactive and comprehensive public safety strategies is more urgent than ever. We will never accept violence in our community.’

The incident comes as the troubled city combats rising crime rates, with police reporting a 15 percent increase in crime from 2019 to 2020, according to yearly statistics released in January.

Homicides rose by 13.3 percent to 34 in 2020, and aggravated assault jumped by 32.1 percent from 946 in 2019 to 1,246 in 2020.

Burglaries also saw a spike of about 11.8 percent, from 2,038 in 2019 to 2,279 in 2020.

Overall, violent crimes in St. Paul increased by 25 percent from 2019 to 2020.

Rape is the only crime to see a decrease, falling from 236 in 2019 to 196 in 2020. 

Overall crime in Saint Paul rose 15 percent from 2019 to 2020, according to yearly statistics

Overall crime in Saint Paul rose 15 percent from 2019 to 2020, according to yearly statistics

The number of murders in Minnesota increased an alarming 58 percent last year

The number of murders in Minnesota increased an alarming 58 percent last year

The entire state of Minnesota saw murders jump up by 58 per cent last year to 185, an all time record. 

Downtown Saint Paul, where Sunday’s incident took place, saw its lowest crime rate in five years over the months of June, July and August.

‘We were 23 percent below last year’s crime rates and we’re 10 percent below the five-year average,’ Joe Spencer, the president of the Saint Paul Downtown Alliance, told WCCO last month.

US Rep. Betty McCollum called the shooting ‘a horror’ in a series of tweets Sunday morning.

‘The epidemic of gun violence plaguing the Twin Cities has hit us in St. Paul with a mass shooting event that can only be described as a horror,’ she said.

‘I know our St. Paul community will come together to support the victims and their families during this time of pain and grief.

‘I’m committed to keeping St. Paul safe and that means working with all community leaders to get guns off our streets and out of the hands of criminals. We must never allow this kind of criminal act to happen again.’



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