Tue. Aug 9th, 2022

At least three suspects have been arrested, police said.

A woman was killed and 14 other people were injured early Sunday when at least three patrons drew pistols and opened fire on a popular bar in St. Petersburg. Paul, Minnesota, police said.

The mass shooting broke out inside the Seventh Street Truck Park bar in the center of St. Paul around 12:15 and caused a flood of 911 calls according to authorities.

Steve Linders, a spokesman for St. Paul Police Department, said that when police arrived, they found a “chaotic scene” with injured people inside and outside the pub.

“There were gunshot wounds on the street outside the bar,” Linders said at a news conference early Sunday. “There were gunshot wounds on the sidewalk outside the bar. There were gunshot wounds on the floor inside the bar.”

St. Paul’s police chief Todd Axtell said one of the victims, a woman in her 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police detained her name pending autopsy and notification of her relatives.

“My heart breaks for the woman who was killed, her loved ones and everyone else who was in that bar this morning,” Axtell said. “For a moment, they were in a hell of a situation. I want them to know that we have the best investigators in the country, and we will not stop until we find the people responsible for this madness. We will do our part in holding them accountable. “

Three men injured in the incident were taken into custody at local hospitals. Police identified the suspects as Terry Lorenzo Brown, Jr., 33, Devondre Trevon Phillips, 29, and Jeffrey Orlando Hoffman, 32. Charges have not yet been determined, but Axtell said the suspects will be summoned to the Ramsey County Jail as soon as they are discharged from the hospital.

“I hope these arrests bring a degree of peace to all who have been affected by tomorrow’s tragedy,” Axtell said.

He said the investigation remained active and did not rule out the possibility of more arrests. A possible motive was not disclosed.

Investigators were still conducting interviews with witnesses and gathering evidence Sunday afternoon inside and outside the bar, which is about a block from the city’s Xcel Energy Center, home of the Minnesota Wild National Hockey League team.

St. Paul’s Mayor Melvin Carter said in a post on Twitter that the shooting has left his community “destroyed”.

The fatal shooting marked the 32nd homicide in St. Louis. Paul this year, according to police crime statistics. In 2020, there were a total of 34 homicides in St. Louis. Paul, an increase of 13.3% over 2019.

“While our St. Paul officers are working to bring those responsible for these senseless actions into custody, our work to build more proactive security strategies is more urgent than ever,” Carter said. “We will never accept violence in our society.”

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