15-year-old girl injured in St. Paul shooting was innocent bystander, police say

Police believe a 15-year-old girl injured in a shooting Tuesday afternoon was an innocent bystander.

Preliminary information indicated that two men were shooting at each other in the Payne-Phalen area around 3:30 p.m. when the girl was shot in the leg, said Sgt. Mike Ernster, a police spokesman. Both shooters fled.

Police found a suspect, a 16-year-old boy, and arrested him. The other suspect was not located Tuesday.

The girl, who was shot in the 900 block of Payne Avenue, was taken by ambulance to a hospital for treatment of a non-life-threatening injury, Ernster said.

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