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2 men killed minutes apart in separate St. Paul shootings

Two suspects have been arrested.

Police are investigating a pair of unrelated shootings that left two people dead on the same night in St. Paul.

Both happened Friday about 10 minutes apart on the city's east side, with the first occurring around 9:15 p.m. near the Payne-Phalen neighborhood.

That incident took place at a gas station on Maryland Avenue East, where officers responded following a report of shots fired and a person down inside the convenience store, according to a press release.

They found the victim lying on the floor, and he was pronounced dead at the scene by St. Paul Fire medics. 

"Thanks to evidence recovered at the scene and witness statements, officers were able to identify and locate a suspect and bring him to headquarters for questioning," the release says.

The second shooting happened about 2.5 miles south near the intersection of Burns Avenue and U.S. Highway 61, and appears to have been a case of road rage. 

According to preliminary information, there was a car crash just west of the intersection, after which both drivers got out of their vehicles and argued.  

"At some point, one of the drivers shot the other, leaving him lying in the road as bystanders rendered aid," the release says. 

The man was taken to Regions Hospital, where he died a short time later. Meanwhile, the suspect was found near the scene and taken in for questioning. 

Neither of the victims has been named yet, though medical examiners will officially identify them in the coming days. 

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