Police say three people were shot in Maplewood Wednesday afternoon in the 400 block of S. McKnight Rd. Maplewood Safety Director, Scott Nadeau said at least one person is in critical condition. According to Maplewood Police, the three people injured were a 21-year-old man from St. Paul, a 12-year-old boy from Maplewood, and a 15-year-old boy. Police say two people were initially detained over the shooting. A 23-year-old was arrested and booked for first degree assault and remains in custody. Nadeau said he's not aware of a motive for the crime, but it is still very early in the investigation. Following the shooting, the victims were taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where a fight broke out between family members who wanted to see one of the victims and hospital staff. This led to a nearly 16 minute lockdown of the hospital, according to Regions Hospital. The ordeal was in connection to the Maplewood shooting.
Attending an anti-gun violence rally on the capitol steps, Gov. Tim Walz said Wednesday he may call a special session to debate comprehensive gun legislation – but only if Senate Republicans will agree in advance to at least hold hearings and take a vote. With hundreds of protesters demanding action in the wake of multiple mass shootings this past weekend, Walz again renewed his calls for universal background checks and a so-called “Red Flag” law that would keep guns out of the hands of people deemed a risk. Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have passed similar laws, and an increasing number of Republicans – including President Trump – have signaled some support for them. In Minnesota, however, they failed to come up for a hearing in the Republican-led Senate after the DFL-led House passed them this year. On Wednesday, Walz suggested a special session that would tackle both gun legislation and insulin legislation at the same time.
With several recent reports of arrests made after online predator and human trafficking stings, law enforcement officers around the country are reminding parents about potentially dangerous apps their kids could have access to. The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office and most recently the Madill Police Department in Oklahoma, shared graphics showing 15 apps parents should know about. The apps include well-known social media and dating apps like Snapchat, TikTok and WhatsApp, as well as location-based dating apps like MeetMe, Grindr and Skout. Back in May, Apple and Google removed three dating apps from their stores after reports of the apps allowing children as young as 12 to access them. The Federal Trade Commission said apps Meet24, FastMeet and Meet4U appeared to violate the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act and the FTC Act.