St. Paul Police announced Sunday morning the arrest of three men in connection with the mass shooting at a local bar that had left one woman dead and injured as many as 14 others.
The suspects, 33 years old, 29 years old, and 32 years old were all hospitalized after sustaining wounds during the incident.
Bar patrons called 911 and “frantically begged for help” at around 12:15 a.m. Sunday when gunfire erupted at a crowded bar. One woman had succumbed to her injuries at the scene.
“I can only describe it a hellish,” 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.”
Police Chief Todd Axtell said Sunday that he had met with the decedent’s family and that they are “absolutely devastated.” Mayor Melvin Carter issued a statement on Twitter.
“Our community is devastated by the shocking scenes from last night. As our St. 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.”