Witness: West 7th revelers were told gunman was on loose after shooting at Tom Reid's

Categories: Crime, St. Paul
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Patrick Juetten has been charged with attempted murder in connection with the shooting.
After taking in some of the high school hockey tournament at the Xcel on Friday night, St. Paul resident Dan Reuter and his brother decided to go the Burger Moe's off West Seventh Street.

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But while walking there at about 11:30 p.m., roughly half a dozen squad cars pulled up in front of Tom Reid's, blocking the entire street, while a crowd walked briskly toward them, apparently headed back toward the Xcel.

"Someone said, 'Someone got shot! Someone got shot!'" Reuter told us.

Trying to get off the street, Reuter and his brother headed to Tom Reid's entrance, but they weren't allowed inside the bar.

"We were told we couldn't gain access to building because the shooter was on the loose in the West Seventh area and they weren't letting anybody inside," Reuter said. The employee told them "we should go home immediately because it was not safe out on the street."

But the Reuter brothers instead ended up at Patrick McGovern's, where Dan said "anybody could walk in and nobody [at the door] was checking anything."

"They had a somewhat flippant attitude," Reuter said. "We even said when we walked in, 'Well, if the shooter is really loose he could be in here walking around.'"

The shooter was indeed on the loose, but he wasn't at McGovern's. According to charges filed yesterday, the alleged gunman, 30-year-old Woodbury resident Patrick Juetten, took off from Tom Reid's after shooting a childhood acquaintance at nearly point blank range under a tent on the patio.

When police arrived on the scene, they found the victim in the bar, "on his back on the ground with a gunshot wound to his chest," the criminal complaint says.

"He was conscious and able to tell officers that the shooter was an acquaintance... identified as [Juetten]," it continues.

The victim was shot once in the chest. He was taken to Regions Hospital, where doctors discovered that the bullet "entered his chest at close range, pierced a lung, broke a rib, and eventually entered his liver, doing extensive damage to the liver."

Police interviewed the victim at the hospital. He said he has known Juetten for most of his life -- they went to high school and played hockey together -- but he was surprised to get a call from him recently. They agreed to meet at Tom Reid's.

(For more, click to page two.)


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17 comments
Johnny B Good
Johnny B Good

I dunno who this Ryan Bruchman guy is....but I totally agree.

Ryan Bruchman
Ryan Bruchman

Wait people, what is wrong with the writing in this article? The story might not be your favorite, but what is really wrong with the writing??

joshmdolby
joshmdolby

Tom Reid's is not as reputable a place as people would think. I've had a phone stolen at the bar, was threatened on the patio by a "real-life gang-banger" (the same person who the bouncer said was a "stand up guy that really turned his life around") and then was kicked from the bar myself because the patron asked the bartender to remove me and the tender said, "their tab is worth more than your life." So yeah, go Wild.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Village Voice Media: I can write AND edit more better than Rupar or Hoffman. I'd take either position and help bring City Pages back to respectability. 

Michael Ordonez
Michael Ordonez

What did I just read? Can you have an adult rewrite it please?

Sarah Daniels
Sarah Daniels

This article should have been edited before being published.

CITYRIDERRT19
CITYRIDERRT19

So what was the point of interviewing those brothers?  They offered nothing to the strory, I was at the xcel on friday and could have offered just as much insight into what happened.  Also, "but they weren't allowed inside in bar"  needs a little rewrite.

Moe Kharrazi
Moe Kharrazi

I think the gunman wrote the article as well

Jason Swan
Jason Swan

This article reads like a review in a high-school newspaper.

Amanda Mik
Amanda Mik

That was a little painful to read.

Mary King
Mary King

I thought it poor journalism too, yet it evoked the proper response.... Wtf?

Angela Salzl
Angela Salzl

What the shit?!? Clearly has mental issues. Its not normal to pretend to be a cop as an adult.... There's your first red flag!

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Except no one would read your moronic drivel.

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