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Carter to address shooting that left 2 hurt near Allianz Field

Updated: October 21, 2019 11:19 AM

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter is speaking out about the most recent shooting in the city.

Two males were shot just blocks away from Allianz Field during Sunday night's Minnesota United game.

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Monday morning, the mayor is making a new plea to stop gun violence. Carter is calling on all city and community leaders to come together to stop the senseless violence. 

Sunday night's shooting happened outside a laundromat at about 7:30 p.m. just blocks from Allianz Field where 20,000 people were attending the playoff soccer game.

The two males, identified as a 16-year-old and 24-year-old, were shot but are expected to be OK. The 16-year-old suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen and the 24-year-old was grazed in the head by a bullet but also suffered a gunshot wound to his arm. All injuries are not considered to be life-threatening, according to police.

UPDATE: 2 injured in shooting near Allianz Field

A suspect was arrested, but police are still looking for a second suspect. One gun was found at the scene.

"It's shocking when something like this happens and it's more concerning when we have a soccer game," Steve Linders, spokesman for the St. Paul Police Department, said.

Linders added five people in total were shot in the city over the weekend. Police said more than 130 people have been shot in the city this year and 24 have died. Of the 24 deaths, 22 of them have involved guns. 

"This is too predictable, this is too consistent, it's too repetitive," said Carter Sunday night. "We see ourselves stuck in a cycle. We have boosted police resources, we've boosted patrols and challenged neighborhoods, and it's very clear that solving this problem is going to require so much more than police resources. It's going to require our non-profit partners; it's going to require our pastors it's going to require our community leaders, the mothers in our community, the friends, all of us put together."

Carter said he wasn't at the soccer game, but said he is angry the city saw yet another shooting. He said he'll take immediate action to gather city and community leaders for a discussion.

"What's heartbreaking about this isn't that it happened near a soccer game, what's heartbreaking about this is that it keeps happening in our city and it's time to do something fundamentally different to stop these cycles of violence," Carter said.

Carter said he will also pull the city's cabinet together to discuss what roles different city departments can play to keep St. Paul safe.

Editors note: A previous version of the story listed the shooting victims to be two men. However, police have since corrected their previous report to one juvenile and one man. 

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