Three men were arrested after a young woman was killed and at least 14 other people were injured in a shootout in a bar early Sunday in St. Paul, Minnesota, police said.
Police said on social media that three men “who were involved in this morning’s homicide and shootings at a West Seventh Street bar” had been arrested: Terry Lorenzo Brown Jr., 33, Devondre Trevon Phillips, 29, and Jeffrey Orlando Hoffman, 32.
“They’re in custody and in the hospital, being treated for injuries suffered during the incident. After being released, they will be booked in the Ramsey City jail to await a charge decision. The case is still open. Police stated that no further information is available at the moment.
Earlier Sunday, St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell described the victims’ scrambling for cover. In an instant, they were caught in a terrible situation,” Axtell stated in a statement. He added, “We have some of the most skilled investigators in the country and we will not stop until we find those responsible for this madness.” “
The police department said in a statement that officers found a “chaotic scene” when they arrived at about 12: 15 a.m. local time.
A woman in her 20s was pronounced dead at the scene, the statement said, adding that 14 other people taken to area hospitals are all expected to survive. The statement stated that the motive for the attack was not yet known.
Axtell stated, “My heart is broken for the victim, her family, and all those who were in that bar this morning.”
Axtell later tweeted that he had spoken to the victim’s family and they were “absolutely distraught.” He said that the police would bring justice to the case and promised to do so.
Mayor Melvin Carter stated in a Twitter statement that the community was shocked.
“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,” Carter said. “We won’t accept violence in our community. “
Yuliya Talmazan is a London-based journalist.