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After report of woman trying to run over people, three shot outside St. Paul bar

ST. PAUL — Before three people were shot outside a St. Paul bar over the weekend, police were called to a report of a woman trying to run people over with a vehicle, police said Monday, Aug. 20.

As officers responded, they received an update: Multiple gunshots were reported in the area of Willard’s Liquors at Thomas Avenue and Grotto Street. Two people also called 911 separately and said they had been shot, said Sgt. Mike Ernster, a St. Paul police spokesman.

Police found a woman shot in her leg/hip area and a man with a gunshot wound to his leg outside the bar, in addition to a woman down the street who was shot in her ankle, Ernster said. Paramedics took the three people — who are 28, 31 and 35-years-old — to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Officers also discovered empty shotgun shells in the street.

The man who was injured told police he had just parked and got out of his vehicle when he saw an altercation was underway outside the bar, according to Ernster. He said he was suddenly struck in the head by a hard object, which caused a cut, and felt pain in his leg. He realized he had been shot.

“He says in self defense he pulled a shotgun out of his car and fired a couple of times,” Ernster said.

Officers recovered a shotgun next to his vehicle.

Police are investigating who shot the three people. No one had been arrested as of Monday morning.

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