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Teenager Shot and Killed on Metro Transit Bus

A 16-year-boy was shot and killed on a Route 74 bus early this morning in downtown St.Paul. The boy, whose name has been withheld, was apparently involved in a dispute between two groups of young people, according to the Star Tribune.

The shooting occured at around 12:15 a.m. when the bus came to a stop at 5th and Sibley streets. The Star Tribune reported that a gunman leaned in the back door and fired one shotgun round, hitting the victim in the chest. The suspect was described as a male between the ages of 16-18, standing between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall,and wearing a white T-shirt and dark, baggy pants. He fled the scene immediately. The victim died aboard the bus.

Police spokesmen Tom Walsh said that the investigation is ongoing. They hope to gain information from watching the bus's security tape. Among other things, Walsh said that they'd like to see if the suspect was riding on the bus earlier in the day.

The Pioneer Press reported that no other riders were hurt, although the police and Metro Transit have not said how many passengers were on the bus when the shooting occurred. The St.Paul Police have requested that anyone with helpful information should call them at (651) 291-1111.