A shooting in St. Paul this past week proved to be the last straw for a local bar owner who has been lobbying the city over its gun violence problems.
It happened Friday morning at 12:44 a.m. in the parking lot outside Tin Cup's, a bar on Rice Street in the city's North End, as the result of a fight between two groups.
That's according to a Facebook post from St. Paul City Council member and president Amy Brendmoen, which reveals the incident was actually one of two shootings in the neighborhood that morning:
Brendmoen claims 15 shots were fired outside Tin Cup's, but that number was challenged in the comments section by none other than Gidget Bailey, the owner of Tin Cup's.
"It was more like 30 shots fired!" she wrote.
Another comment from Bailey says "Long term solution people...council members are up for re election next year ... Thats the first step to a simple solution! (sic)"
Neither comment received a response from Brendmoen.
Regardless, Bailey says she's had it with St. Paul, telling the Star Tribune that “we are looking to relocate our business" – and that one of the bullets narrowly missed her son.
She also told the paper that she and others have been after Brendmoen and Mayor Melvin Carter to do something about crime in the neighborhood to no avail, so as a result, she'll start closing the bar earlier until the relocation happens.
Bring Me The News has reached out to the Tin Cup's ownership for comment about the incident.
For her part, council member Brendmoen says she is working with police to address "gun violence in the North End," and is also in the process of setting up a meeting with local leadership and community members to discuss solutions to the problem.