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Man charged with attempted murder after triple shooting in Maplewood

Two of the victims were children.
Brendon Garza

A 23-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder after three people were shot in Maplewood on Wednesday, two of them children.

Brendon Garza, 23, of St. Paul, is facing three attempted murder charges and three assault charges following the shooting in a parking lot at 410 McKnight Road, Maplewood.

Garza was in a Chevy Camaro and got out with a handgun when an Odyssey pulled in front of the vehicle.

Two boys, cousins aged 15 and 12, began transferring football equipment to the Odyssey, while a 25-year-old man referred to in the complaint as AS got out of the Odyssey holding a handgun by his side.

Garza and another man called Flip then got out of the Camaro, Garza wielding a Glock. 

They exchanged words, apparently concerning a social media dispute that AS had with Flip that concerned Flip's brother, who was shot and killed two years ago.

A passenger in the Camaro claimed that AS was acting aggressively, including saying he would “shoot this b---- up.”

Surveillance footage showed AS turn away from Garza before Garza opened fire. AS suffered gunshot wounds to his face, arm, legs and chest.

Also hit by the shots were the two boys, with the 15-year-old hit in the right armpit and the 12-year-old in the chest.

When police later found and arrested Garza, he allegedly said: "I had to – it was self-defense."

The surveillance video however did not show AS raising the gun at either Garza or Flip.

Garza is in a critical condition in a hospital, the 12-year-old has a collapsed lung, and the 15-year-old has numbness in his arm that may or may not be permanent.

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