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3 killed in shooting

Three people were killed in a shooting early Friday morning in St. Paul.

The victims included a 15-year-old girl, a 31-year-old man and a 32-year old woman. The man died at the scene. The other victims were brought to Regions Hospital, where they later died.

The St. Paul Pioneer press released the names of two of the victims, unlike the Star Tribune. Maria Lynn Mclay and Otahl “T.C.? Webb were the elder victims. The teenager was their daughter, a student at Como Park Senior High School.

The deaths bring the number of St. Paul homicides to seven this year, almost half of the 16 that occurred in 2006, the Star Tribune reported.

The Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press used an unidentified woman who said she was a cousin of the male victim as a source. She spoke with WCCO radio earlier today.

According to this source, two other children escaped from the house and told her about the incident. She said at least two men entered the home at around 6:20 a.m., demanding money. The man was shot in the head when he responded he didn’t have any. The 32-year-old woman was then shot after telling the assailants to take whatever they wanted.

St. Paul Police Spokesman Tom Walsh said that the people involved likely knew each other. Police also said they do not know how many suspects were involved and how many shots were fired. There were no weapons found at the scene.

The police were tipped by a 17-year-old who was not in the house at the time of the shooting, the Star Tribune reported. Police said she went into the house, saw the bodies and called police. Her relationship to victims or occupants of the house is not known.

Walsh described the neighbourhood as blue collar and quiet.