1 dead, 1 wounded in shootings about 20 minutes apart in St. Paul

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One person was killed and another injured in two separate shootings that occurred about 20 minutes apart in St. Paul last night.

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The first happened around 9:20 p.m. on Arcade Street and Rose Avenue, the Pioneer Press reports, when a man was shot in the arm.

About 20 minutes later another shooting was reported, WCCO reports.

It happened on the 700 block of Orange Avenue, the St. Paul Police Department tweeted – about a half mile from the initial shooting.

The victim died at Regions Hospital, according to KSTP. He's been identified as Htoo Baw, 54, of St. Paul, St. Paul police tweeted.

The Pioneer Press reports Baw was returning to his home in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood when he was approached by an unidentified male. The suspect might have been trying to steal Baw's car and shot him, according to the newspaper.

Friends of Baw say he is a member of the Karen ethnic group and recently moved to Minnesota from a refugee camp on the Burma-Thailand border, the Pioneer Press notes.

Police are investigating them as separate incidents but say they may be related, the Pioneer Press reports. The descriptions of the suspects in both shootings are similar.

The suspect in the Orange Avenue fatality is described as a young man in his late teens or early 20s. according to WCCO.

Police are asking anyone with information to call the homicide unit at 651-266-5650.

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