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‘So shocking and brazen’: 3 people shot outside Minnesota State Fair, police say

Sep 03, 2019 06:31AM ● By Editor
A crowd gathered for the last day of the Minnesota State Fair last September in Falcon Heights, Minn. Photo: David Joles/Star Tribune

By Timothy Bella from The Washington Post - September 3, 2019

Three people were shot outside the Minnesota State Fair on Monday night, as authorities are investigating the gunman’s whereabouts hours after the Labor Day shooting sent thousands of fairgoers into panic, police told The Washington Post.

St. Paul Police spokesman Steve Linders said no arrests have been made and that the identity of the gunman remains unknown. The three injured men, two 20-year-olds and an 18-year-old, suffered nonfatal injuries and are expected to survive, Linders said.

“It was truly a chaotic scene,” he said early Tuesday. “To see something like this is nothing short of outrageous.”

The shooting near the nation’s second-largest state fair concludes a summer marred by a stretch of mass shootings that killed more than 50 people in August and injured dozens more. It comes days after a mass shooting in West Texas that killed at least seven people and injured 22 renewed calls from Democrats and 2020 presidential candidates for President Trump and Republicans to tighten gun regulations.

Police were called to the fair in St. Paul around 10 p.m., shortly after responding to the city’s 15th homicide of the year several miles away. Authorities received a report that a 19-year-old woman was hit by a vehicle in a pedestrian crash, Linders said. The public information officer said the woman remains in critical condition and that the driver of the car was the one who called 911 and has been cooperating with authorities.

Then, around 10:20 p.m., several gunshots were heard a block south from the crash scene. When police arrived, they found one man had been injured from the gunfire. Later, two more people arrived at area hospitals with wounds from the shooting.

Speaking to reporters early Tuesday, Linders said that one of the wounded 20-year-olds was shot in the stomach and pelvic area. The other 20-year-old was shot in the hand and the 18-year-old was hit in the shoulder, he said. Their names had not been released by police as of early Tuesday.

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