Woman, teen and child killed in St. Paul triple homicide

Police were alerted to the tragedy around 3 p.m. Saturday.
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Police are searching for whoever pulled the trigger in a shooting that left three people dead in St. Paul on Saturday afternoon. 

According to St. Paul police, 911 callers reported that people were injured inside a home on the 700 block of Jessie Street just after 3 p.m., with officers arriving to find two victims dead and an injured child who died at Regions Hospital a few hours later. 

The victims of the triple homicide are a woman in her early 30s, a girl in her early teens and a boy aged 8-12, according to the Star Tribune. 

"This is a senseless tragedy that's left us all heartbroken—as police officers, as human beings, as members of the community," said Saint Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell.

The slayings are now the subject of a police investigation to find the killer. It's unclear what led to the shooting, though Sgt. Mike Ernster said that officers were called to the home about an hour before the massacre to conduct a welfare check and they were assured by a woman who answered the door that she was OK. 

"Moments like this are hard and painful. But maybe our city can take a small sense of comfort knowing that their officers are out there working as hard as they can—like they always do—for the victims, for their family and for everyone who cares about our community. And the investigators and officers will continue to work around the clock until they find the person responsible," said Axtell. 

The identities of the victims will be released at a later date by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office. 

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