3 shot, 1 struck by vehicle outside Minnesota State Fair, police say

Three people were shot and one person was struck by a car Monday night outside the main gate of the Minnesota State Fair.

No one was killed, and there have been no arrests in the incidents, which happened the last night of the fair, the Washington Post reported.

“It was truly a chaotic scene,” St. Paul police spokesman Steve Linders told the Post. “To see something like this is nothing short of outrageous.”

Police were first called just after 10 p.m. Monday on a report that a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle, St. Paul police said in a statement. Responding officers found a 19-year-old woman in the road who was breathing but unresponsive. The woman was taken to a local hospital where she is in critical condition.

Witnesses told police that there was a fight in the area, and the woman somehow ended up in the road and was struck by a passing vehicle, police said. The driver initially pulled over and stayed on scene but left when people began kicking his car. He drove a short distance away and called 911.

Police said in the statement that the driver is cooperating with authorities and that they don't believe he was driving impaired.

As police were investigating the car accident, they heard gunshots nearby, the statement said. Police ran toward the sound of the shots and found a man suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to a local hospital.

Two other men later showed up at local hospitals with gunshot wounds, police said.

Two of the shooting victims were 20 and one was 18, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported. One was shot in the stomach and pelvic area, one in the hand and one in the shoulder, according to the Star-Tribune.

All three of the shooting victims were treated and are expected to survive, police said.

“Everybody was put at risk. Several shots were fired,” Linders told the Star-Tribune. “We’re lucky more people weren’t injured or killed.

Police haven't determined whether the fight that preceded the crash is related to the shootings, Linders said.

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