Police in Minnesota are searching for a shooter who opened fire on a group of people outside a St. Paul church Wednesday night, killing a man in front of his young daughter and father.
The family was leaving an evening Bible study with several other people about 8:40 p.m. when someone shot at them and fled the area, the St. Paul Police Department said in a news release.
Authorities said the victim’s father, who has a valid permit to carry a firearm, returned fire with his own handgun, but officers have not found any other gunshot victims.
Emergency personnel rushed to the area and tried to save the man, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said his name and exact cause of death will be released after the Ramsey County medical examiner completes an autopsy.
A police spokesman told local news outlets that the shooter was likely targeting someone in the group and not just firing at random.
“But that's little consolation when we have a father (with) a son who is now dead,” Steve Linders told Fox affiliate KMSP-TV.
Wednesday’s murder was the city’s 20th homicide of the year and the sixth in the past 17 days, according to police. On Sept. 10, three people were fatally shot in St. Paul in a span of nine hours.
Authorities urged anyone with information about the latest shooting to immediately contact them.