14-year-old girl shot in chest

A group of young people were dancing in a parking lot near the intersection of Minnehaha and White Bear avenues late Saturday night, Nov. 28, when a car pulled up and shot a girl in the chest, according to Paul Paulos, spokesperson for the St. Paul Police Department.

Paulos confirmed that the girl had survived the shooting, but he could not provide further information about her condition.

He said that the case is at this point considered an aggravated assault.

Laura Hallmark, cashier manager at the nearby Little Oven restaurant, said staff had already left the restaurant just before 11 p.m., when the shooting likely occurred.

She did however note that there was an unusual presence of a group of kids, appearing to be all under the age of 21, loitering nearby and riding bikes. She said they showed up around 8:45 p.m. and were gone by the time staff left the restaurant.

Hallmark said they don’t normally see a group of teenagers hanging out in the vicinity.

Staff at the Cherry Pit confirmed that police arrived on the scene around 11 p.m. but said that no one at the establishment seemed to have heard any gunshots before that time.

Hallmark said that though the incident was disturbing, it doesn’t shake her confidence in the safety of the neighborhood.

“I still think the neighborhood is fine,” she said. “We’re still pretty safe. I don’t feel scared or threatened by anything.”

- Patrick Larkin
 

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