18 Year-Old man wounded in shooting near Minnesota State Fairgrounds

On Monday night, shortly before the Minnesota State Fair’s last night, someone shot and wounded an 18-year-old in St. Paul close to the fairgrounds.

According to Sgt. David McCabe, a spokesperson for the St. Paul police department, the individual received two non-life-threatening gunshot wounds to the region of his stomach and chest. He was taken by paramedics to Regions Hospital to get wound care.

Investigators are trying to figure out what happened and who shot someone in the 1500 block of Como Avenue, which is half a block east of Snelling Avenue. Just after 8:30 on Monday night, police were summoned to the scene.

At 9:00 p.m., the 12-day Fair ended its run for the day.

At the entrance to the Midway on the Fairgrounds on Saturday night, a person was shot and injured. Authorities said Sunday that preliminary evidence suggested the attacker and victim may have been acquainted.

Following complaints that groups of young people were creating disruptions and initiating fights on Saturday, authorities had already increased the police presence at the Fair.

John Harrington, the commissioner of Minnesota’s public safety, said on Sunday that there will be extra law enforcement present at the Fair on Sunday and Monday.

The gunshot on Monday night was the third year in a row that a security problem occurred on the last night the Fair was hosted.

One of the Fair’s gates “got overwhelmed… by around 50 individuals” while staff members were shutting it last year, according to a sheriff’s office report. According to the complaint, a worker seen a guy holding a pistol during the event. To scatter the gathering, a deputy employed a portable chemical weapon akin to mace.

The coronavirus epidemic prevented the Fair from taking place in 2020.

A altercation outside the Fairgrounds in 2019 resulted in a 19-year-old being hit by a passing car, badly injuring her. Soon after, there was a shooting that resulted in the injuries of three young guys.

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