Three people shot, one hit by car at Minnesota State Fair

Three people were shot and one person was hit by a car late Monday night at the Minnesota State Fair.

On Monday, St. Paul, Minn., police responded to an emergency call at 10 p.m. after a woman was struck by a vehicle, according to a police statement. Officers found a 19-year-old woman lying on the ground, breathing but unresponsive. 

A Saint Paul police spokesperson confirmed that the woman who was hit by the car is Dynasty Capree Scott, 19, of Saint Paul. As of Tuesday afternoon she was hospitalized in stable but critical condition. 

Witnesses told officers that there was a fight in the area before the woman walked into the road and was struck by a car, according to the police statement.
An initial police report said the driver of the car stopped but then drove away before calling 911 after a crowd of bystanders began hitting and kicking his vehicle, but the police later on Tuesday said the driver had immediately called 911 and only drove away after people began hitting the vehicle.
The driver is cooperating with investigations and showed no signs of impairment, police said.

While officers were still at the fair Monday, which was in its last night, several gunshots rang out about one block south of the crash. One man was found suffering from a gunshot wound, and two other men showed up at an area hospital later having been shot.

Police did not identify the men, but one was 20 years old and was shot in the stomach or groin, according to The New York Times. Another one of the men was also 20 years old, and he was shot in the hand. An 18-year-old was shot in the shoulder.  

All three men are expected to survive.

“There’s a lot of people in that area,” St. Paul police spokesperson Steve Linders told local CBS affiliate WCCO. “This was incredibly dangerous. It was shockingly brazen, audacious isn’t even a strong enough word. It was dangerous and we’re lucky more people weren’t injured or killed.”

As of Tuesday morning, no arrests had been made, and it was not clear whether the shooting and the car crash were related.

“Everyone sort of reacted at the same time and realized that there was gunfire. People kind of all hit the deck and started scrambling,” one fairgoer told KARE 11's Danny Spewak. “It was all extremely quick and panicked. We just got out as fast as we could.”

Earlier Monday evening, law enforcement were also investigating the city’s 15th homicide of the year after a man was shot east of the fair.

Minnesota Gov. Tim WalzTimothy (Tim) James WalzThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump grapples with Syria fallout Minnesota Democrat sets up rematch in competitive House race Overnight Health Care: CDC warns against using e-cigs after vaping-related deaths | Minnesota reports fourth nationwide death tied to vaping | Top Dem demands FDA chief take action | Marianne Williamson under fire over controversial health remarks MORE (D) demanded that state lawmakers take action to address gun violence after the chaos Monday.

“If the state fair symbolizes community, gun violence is the antithesis of that,” he told reporters Tuesday, WCCO reported. “I refuse to accept this as the norm.”