Teens shot at, assaulted by mob in South St. Paul

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A small mob attacked two teenagers in South St. Paul over the weekend, physically assaulting the victims then firing shots at them as they fled, FOX 9 reports.

The two victims – one 17 years old, the other 19 years old – told police they had been walking in the parking lot of a strip mall on the city's south end around 7 p.m. Sunday when the attack happened, the Pioneer Press reports.

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According to Lillie News, police say the two teenagers had crossed over to McMorrow Field when a group of at least a dozen suddenly attacked them.

FOX 9 spoke with the younger victim, who told the station he and his cohort were punched, kicked, physically hit with a firearm, and robbed. The two managed to run to safety.

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Lillie News reports police say four bullets were fired, but nobody struck.

The Pioneer Press says the attackers also took money from the teens.

The 17-year-old went to the hospital with a a gash under his swollen, black left eye, FOX 9 reports. The 19-year-old suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

KSTP reports a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old have been arrested in connection with the incident; they are searching for more suspects.

Police told some media outlets the violent nature of the crime was uncommon for the area.

South St. Paul provides a crime map via RAIDS Online, with which users can find what type of crime occurred, as well as when and where it happened. According to the map, in the past six months there have been eight instances of an individual being robbed and 17 instances of aggravated assault in South St. Paul.

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