Two men were killed and five people injured in a shooting that occurred in St. Paul, Minnesota, following a “celebration of life” party at a senior living apartment complex, according to police.
The incident unfolded in a parking lot in the city’s Frogtown neighborhood around 5:15 p.m. on Saturday. The aftermath was described as a “chaotic scene” by law enforcement officials.
At the scene, one of the victims was pronounced dead, while the other passed away at United Hospital.
A man was in critical condition, while two women sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Another woman was in stable condition.
St. Paul Fire medics responded to the shooting, but some victims were transported to local hospitals in private vehicles.
According to authorities, a preliminary investigation revealed that the shooting took place in the parking lot of Kings Crossing by Episcopal Homes, an apartment complex for low-income seniors aged 62 and above, after a “celebration of life” event attended by numerous people.
A senior resident told CBS Minnesota that there were “a couple hundred” people at the event.
Police investigators have yet to determine a motive for the shooting, but they do not believe it was a random act. No immediate arrests were made.
Saturday’s incident marked the second shooting in the city over the weekend. Three teenage boys were transported to the hospital with gunshot wounds on Friday night after a shooting at a memorial service for a student who was fatally stabbed at a nearby high school.
The investigation is still ongoing. Police have urged anyone with information to come forward and contact St. Paul Police or Crime Stoppers.