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1 dead, 1 wounded in separate St. Cloud shootings

Police say the fatal shooting was random, while in a separate incident a series of fights downtown preceded a teen's shooting.
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Shots were fired during a large brawl on the streets of downtown St. Cloud this weekend, leaving a teen with bullet wounds. 

St. Cloud police say officers were on patrol in the area just before 1:00 a.m. Saturday when they saw a "volatile crowd" gathered on the 500 block 1st Street South. Per a news release, one of the officers noticed "a male from the group" raise a handgun and fire shots toward a nearby parking ramp.

The crowd scattered, and as police got busy searching for any victims or suspects, "several other fights broke out in the surrounding parking lots."

Nonetheless, officers were able to locate a 17-year-old male who had been shot in an arm and a foot. He was taken to St. Cloud Hospital via ambulance, treated and eventually released, police say. 

Police also tracked down a 25-year-old suspect and arrested him without incident, recovering a handgun at the scene. The male was taken to Stearns County Jail on "charges related to aggravated assault with a firearm."

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Officers from "several other agencies" converged on the area to assist with the shooting investigation as well as the other fights that had broken out nearby. Two women ended up being arrested for disorderly conduct as a result. 

It was not the only shooting to happen in St. Cloud overnight. A few hours later, shortly after 6:00 a.m., a man was shot while standing in the doorway of a home on the 2600 block of Island View Drive. 

The unidentified man was taken to the hospital and unfortunately died of his wounds. Less than an hour later, officers tracked down the suspect, a 45-year-old Duluth resident. 

According to a news release, he admitted to shooting the victim, though police believe this was a "random incident" and that there were "no connections" between the shooter and the victim. 

The suspect is being held in Stearns County Jail pending homicide charges. 

St. Cloud police do not believe the two Saturday shootings are related. 

Note: The details provided in this story are based on the police’s latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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