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Multiple injuries after flurry of shootings in St. Paul

The city's police chief said 'this violence has to stop.'
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A series of shootings in St. Paul Saturday night has prompted a response from city leaders.

Three separate shootings were reported in the city late Saturday and into the early hours of Sunday, which the Pioneer Press reports included three people being shot at the Holiday gas station in the 600 block of Rice Street.

Three more were injured when gunfire broke out at a house party attended by around 100 people in the 800 block of Selby Avenue, and shortly before midnight a shootout happened in the 500 block of Central Avenue when two men with legal firearms were approached by three other men who opened fire on them.

In a post on Facebook, St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell said that more than 150 shell casings were found across the three separate scenes.

"This violence in our city has to stop," Axtell said.

"There are dozens of witnesses who know what happened and who is responsible. Some of the victims also know what happened, but refuse to cooperate with our investigation. To those who pulled the triggers - understand that we won’t rest until we secure the evidence we need to hold you accountable."

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter also commented, tweeting: "This is unacceptable. Thankfully no lives were lost, but this clearly could have ended much differently. 

"We will work with to identify those responsible, while continuing our focus on addressing root causes to end these violent cycles for good."

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