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Three Dead in Separate Fast-Food Parking-Lot Shootings

In a span of 12 hours Sunday, two separate fast-food parking-lot shootings have left three people dead.

The first shooting occurred at a White Castle in Hopkins at 1111 Cambridge Street at around 2 a.m. Sunday, in an apparent verbal altercation, according to the Pioneer Press.

The second shooting occurred just before 2 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot of the McDonald’s on Sycamore Lane N. in Maple Grove, according to a report from the Star Tribune.

Police responded to several 911 calls about a woman being shot in the parking lot.

Capt. Tracy Stille of the Maple Grove Police Department told the Star Tribune that police found the body of a woman in her 20’s in the parking lot with at least two gunshot wounds.

Witnesses said they saw the woman stumble to the curb after she was apparently shot once, and then they saw the man shoot her again.

Stille said the woman had met the suspect at the restaurant to break off a relationship between the two, when he shot her.

The man then drove off in a white car, but witnesses were able to give police a description of the car and a partial license plate.

An alert went out and a Brooklyn Park police officer found the car on the side of Interstate 694 on the border of Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center.

When the police officer investigated, he found a man in his 20’s dead inside, from an apparent self-inflicted wound.

Family members of the woman arrived at the McDonald’s to give police information. Police said the names of the woman and the suspect are not expected to be released today.

In the first shooting, police arrived at the White Castle around 2 a.m. and found a man lying on the ground and pronounced him dead on the scene.

Witnesses claim that the man was involved in a verbal altercation with a group of men in the parking lot when several gun shots were fired.

Two suspects were seen fleeing the scenes; however, no suspects have been identified at this point, according to police.

The name of the victims has not been released at this time.