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Shots fired near St. Paul magnet school, staff member grazed in the ear

Police say shots were fired following a fight between two groups of teens. The staff member was treated at the scene and released.

ST PAUL, Minn. — A staff member at a St. Paul magnet school was grazed in the ear by a shot fired near school grounds Friday following a dispute between two groups of teens.

The St. Paul Police Department says the shots were fired near Washington Technology Magnet School just before 3:30 p.m. following a fight between two groups of teens.

Officials say school staff stepped in and made one of the groups leave the property. As the group was leaving the area, shots were fired from the vehicle, grazing one staff member in the ear.

The staff member was treated at the scene and released. Police say no arrests have been made.

The school went into lockdown at 3:20 p.m., according to a spokesperson with Saint Paul Public Schools, and all evening activities have been canceled.

Washington Technology is a magnet school that emphasized biological science, math and technology, according to the school’s website, with students ranging from grade 6 to grade 12.

The incident comes two days after a teen was shot in the head outside the Jimmy Lee Recreation Center near Central High School in St. Paul.

Prior to Friday's incident, St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard released a statement about gun violence, saying, in part, "It is too easy to get a gun, and conflicts can have deadly consequences when guns are involved."

Two guns have been found at schools in the SPPS district this school year, according to Gothard.


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