Police respond to looters rushing Target, other stores in St. Paul' Midway area

50-60 people were looting Target around 11:30 a.m.
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2:25 P.M. UPDATE

St. Paul police is now responding to multiple businesses that are being targeted by looters along University Ave. in the Midway area. 

Original story

There is a significant police presence at the Midway Target in St. Paul as the city's officers attempt to protect the store from looters. 

According to St. Paul police spokesperson Steve Linders, police were called to the Target on University Ave. around 11:30 a.m. on a report of a "large group of people stealing things." 

On arrival, police found 50-60 people running into the store, grabbing items and running out of the store without paying. 

Today at around 11:30 a.m. officers were called to the Target store on University Avenue () on a report of a large group of people stealing things. Linders said the "would-be thieves dropped the stolen merchandise and fled on foot" when officers attempted to stop them. 

A short time later, a fight broke out between a person on foot and someone in a car, with police saying the person drove the car at the other subject, missed them and crashed into another vehicle. 

The driver has been arrested. 

Another group of people, as of 12:30 p.m., were at a shoe store across the street from Target in the Midway Shopping Center, with officers on scene attempting to protect people and property.  

Additionally, WCCO Radio reports that the Rosedale Center in Roseville is closing immediately out of fear looters may be headed their way. 

This is a developing story. 

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