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Police: 'Domestic' assault in vehicle led to shooting

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Police say a 19-year-old man shot a 20-year-old woman in the head, ending an argument they had been having in a vehicle during rush hour Wednesday afternoon in St. Paul.

The woman was in critical condition at Regions Hospital, and the shooting suspect, who initially fled the scene, was arrested later at the hospital, the Pioneer Press reports. He has not been formally charged in the shooting.

The man had been charged in January with leveling a loaded rifle at his 13-year-old nephew, and he was released from jail earlier this month in that case, which is still pending in the courts, the Pioneer Press reports.

The exact nature of the relationship between the shooting suspect and the woman has not been disclosed.

The woman is a mother and St. Catherine University student, according to her Facebook page and the university, the newspaper reports. The man told police he was a drug addict who was "trying to be a better father for his 5-month-old son," the Pioneer Press reports.

It wasn't clear if the shooting took place inside or near the vehicle, several medial outlets reported, although the Star Tribune says she was shot while sitting in the SUV. Police spokesman Howie Padilla said their argument "obviously took a dramatic turn for the worse."

There may have been others in the vehicle, police said.

The Star Tribune says the woman's parents had called police earlier to report a fight between the two and then called back to report the shooting, according to police scanner traffic.

Police spent hours at the scene of the 5 p.m. shooting, reports FOX 9, which has video from the scene near East Seventh Street and White Bear Avenue.

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