Just as the Minnesota United hosted its first ever Major League Soccer playoff game against the Los Angeles Galaxy at Allianz Field on Sunday night, police received a 911 call reporting shots fired near the stadium.
Officers responded to a parking lot at Pascal Street and University Avenue in St. Paul around 7:35 p.m., where they located two male victims who'd been shot behind a laundromat.
One victim had a bullet graze his head and was shot in the arm. The other victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the torso. Both were transported to a Regions Hospital and are expected to survive.
St. Paul Police say there were two groups of people involved in a dispute and there are two suspected shooters. One gun was recovered at the scene and one suspect is in custody.
“It’s not that it happened at Allianz Field,” St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter said while fans streamed behind him as he spoke as the soccer game ended, according to the Star Tribune. “What’s heartbreaking about this is that it happened in our city at all.”
It's been a violent year in St. Paul as there have been 24 homicide cases.
“This is exhausting,” Carter added. “This is another incident of shots fired in our city, another two injured by gunfire in our city. This has to stop right now.”
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact St. Paul police at 651-266-5650.