Vet technician, 27, identified as victim in Minnesota bar shootout that injured 14 other people

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Police identified a 27-year-old veterinary technician Monday as the woman who was killed in a weekend Minnesota bar shootout in which 14 other people were injured.

St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell said the woman, Marquisha D. Wiley, and the other bargoers "in an instant" were "caught in a hellish situation" when gunfire erupted Sunday morning at the Seventh Street Truck Park.

"My heart breaks for the woman who was killed, her loved ones and everyone else who was in that bar," he said. Axtell tweeted that he had spoken with the victim's family, who he said were "absolutely devastated."

Wiley's mother told NBC affiliate KARE of Minneapolis that her daughter had "the biggest heart."

"She was a sweetheart," said the woman, who was identified only as Beth.

Marquisha Wiley (Beth Wiley / via KARE)
Marquisha Wiley (Beth Wiley / via KARE)

The 14 injured people were expected to survive, police said. Their names were not released.

The motive remained unclear Monday. Axtell promised that police "WILL bring justice" in the case.

Police previously said on Twitter that three suspects had been arrested: Terry Lorenzo Brown Jr., 33, Devondre Trevon Phillips, 29, and Jeffrey Orlando Hoffman, 32. They were in a hospital being treated for injuries suffered during the incident.

"Once they're discharged, all three will be booked into the Ramsey City jail and await a charging decision. The case remains open and active. No further info is available at this time," police said.

Gov. Tim Walz said the shooting was "horrific."

"Minnesota is keeping in our hearts the family of the young woman killed and the 14 others injured, and the St. Paul neighborhood reeling from this senseless gun violence," he said.

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