MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — One person has died and more than a dozen others are hurt after a shootout inside a bar on the 200 block of West Seventh Street in St. Paul.
The shooting started just after midnight early Sunday morning at the Seventh Street Truck Park. Police said multiple 911 callers “frantically begged for help” moments after the attack.
One woman who police said was in her 20s died. Fourteen other people were taken to area hospitals for treatment. All of them are expected to survive.
“I can only describe it as hellish,” St. Paul police spokesperson Steve Linders said. “I think about the young woman who died. One minute she’s having a 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.”
Good Samaritans worked with police to help victims while paramedics made it to the scene.
Police said early Sunday that no suspects have been arrested, but preliminary information indicates there were several shooters. A motive has yet to be determined.
“My heart breaks for the woman who was killed, her loved ones and everyone else who was in that bar this morning,” said St. Paul Chief of Police 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.”
Later, Axtell tweeted that he spoke with the family of the woman who was killed and they are “absolutely devastated.”
“We will bring justice to the victims,” he said.
Police would like anyone who has information about the shooting to call 651-266-5650.
Investigators have not yet publicly identified the woman who died. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy and release her name and cause of death.
Video from YouTube channel Minnesota News Now showed the aftermath outside of the Seventh Street Truck Park.
WARNING: This video from an eyewitness contains material that some viewers might find disturbing.
Mayor Melvin Carter released a statement via Twitter.
— Mayor Melvin Carter (@MayorCarter) October 10, 2021
“Our community is devastated by the shocking scenes from last night,” Carter said. “As our Saint 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.”
This is a developing story.
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