Authorities say a person is dead and about 14 others wounded following shooting early Sunday in a bar along West Seventh Street in St. Paul.
The scene described by officials as a “hellish scene” with a lot of victims stuck inside the building and out on the street.
Officials of the St. Paul Police Department reported at about 12 p.m. that about three men ages of 29, 32 and 33 have been arrested in connection to the hooting.
“There were gunshot wound victims lying in the street outside the bar, there were gunshot wound victims lying on the sidewalk outside the bar and there were gunshot wound victims lying on the floor inside the bar,” said St. Paul police spokesperson Steve Linders.
Responding officers encountered a chaotic scene just after midnight when they arrived at the Seventh Street Truck Park bar and food hall, just west of the Xcel Energy Center.
A woman in her 20s died at the scene, Linders added.
“One minute she’s having good time, the next minute she’s lying in her friends’ arms who are trying to save her life. And she didn’t make it. I can’t think of anything worse,” he said.
Fourteen people were transported to area hospitals and are expected to survive their injuries, Linders said. That includes the three suspects arrested later Sunday.
“They’re in custody and in the hospital, being treated for injuries suffered during the incident,” police reported at midday Sunday. “Once they’re discharged, all three will be booked into the Ramsey (County) Jail and await a charging decision.”
There were so many people hurt by the gunfire, Linders said, that more than a half-dozen of them had to be taken to Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis, in addition to the victims taken to hospitals in St. Paul. Linders said other agencies — including Metro Transit police, the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office and Maplewood police — handled some 911 calls in the city because so many St. Paul officers had to respond to the shooting.
The name of the woman who died has not been released.
“This is nothing short of a tragedy,” Linders said. “We had people in the city of St. Paul, out on a Saturday night, having a good time. And we had other people who decided to pull guns with reckless disregard for human life, and pull the trigger over and over and over and over again. And it ended in tragedy. Our hearts break for the young woman who died and for her loved ones. And for everybody who was in that bar.
”U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar tweeted that “what happened last night in St. Paul was an appalling tragedy. A life lost and 14 people injured because of senseless gun violence. Our hearts are with the family and friends of the victims and the St. Paul community. This must be a call to action.”
And Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz tweeted: “Horrific. Minnesota is keeping in our hearts the family of the young woman killed and the 14 others injured, and the St. Paul neighborhood reeling from this senseless gun violence. We’re working in close coordination with local law enforcement as they apprehend those responsible.”
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Seventh Street Truck Park – Restaurant In Saint Paul