Shooting In Minnesota Bar Leaves One Dead, 14 Wounded

October 11, 2021

By a Biometrica staffer

A shootout at a bar in St. Paul, Minnesota, early on Sunday, Oct. 10, left one woman dead and 14 other people wounded, AP News reported. Three men are said to be in custody after the shooting. The men were also being treated at a hospital for injuries from the shooting.

WCCO learned that at the time of the incident one of the alleged shooters had an active warrant for his arrest, according to a report by CBS Minnesota. According to documents, he failed to show up for a sentencing hearing in May. Additionally, two more gunmen are allegedly convicted felons with lengthy criminal histories.

The shooting happened shortly after midnight at the Seventh Street Truck Park bar, when dozens of gunshots are said to have erupted. The bar is in an entertainment district south of the Xcel Energy Center, where the NHL’s Minnesota Wilds play. 

Police said preliminary information indicated that several people fired gunshots. All three men who are in custody will be booked into the Ramsey County jail once they are discharged, the St. Paul Police Department said in a statement on Twitter. They have not yet been charged.

A person close to the woman who died identified her as Marquisha Wiley, and described her as a “magnetic” young woman who was “bright, joyful and supportive,” according to the CBS Minnesota report.

The woman in her 20s who was killed is the 32nd homicide victim in the city so far this year, the Star Tribune reported. All of the other people who were shot are expected to survive, police said in a statement.

The shooting cannot be classified as a mass shooting incident per the Gun Violence Archive (GVA), but it is another example of the recent rise in violent crime, especially those involving firearms. For instance, last month, on Thursday, Sept. 23, a gunman opened fire in an upscale Kroger grocery store in Collierville, a suburban community about 30 miles east of Memphis, Tennessee, killing one person and wounding as many as 12 others.

Just last week, a nursing assistant shot and killed a coworker inside Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia before fleeing in a U-Haul and being shot in a subsequent exchange of gunfire with police that wounded two officers. In the aftermath of the fatal shooting, the hospital is said to be in the process of making security changes as it continues to analyze its procedures.

In Chicago, the rise in violent crime has also boiled over, drawing concern from business leaders.

The GVA defines a mass shooting as one where four or more people are killed, excluding the shooter. The GVA documents every reported incident of gun violence in the United States, collecting this information from more than 7,500 law enforcement, media, government and commercial sources daily, in an effort to provide near-real time data about the results of gun violence.