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

Patrick Juetten has been charged with attempted murder in connection with the shooting.
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.

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Juetten "was trying to pass himself off as a cop, wearing a fake badge and carrying a handgun," the victim told investigators, according to the complaint. "He stated that he wanted to 'rob drug dealers.'"

The victim said Juetten asked for his help in carrying out the robberies, but he instead told his old hockey teammate to "get fucked."

In response, Juetten shot him in the chest from about two feet away, the victim said. The complaint adds that surveillance footage taken from the bar loosely corroborates that version of events, though the actual shooting wasn't captured by cameras.

Early Saturday morning, Woodbury police arrested Juetten at a hotel near his residence. He was there with his girlfriend, who confirmed Juetten likes to wear a fake badge -- he took some law enforcement classes at Century College -- and occasionally carries a gun.

Under questioning, here's how Juetten himself explained what happened:

[T]he defendant stated that he was at Tom Reid's to meet his old acquaintance... The defendant said that he, the defendant, had been drinking a lot. He gave his car keys to a stranger so the man could get some cigarettes out of the defendant's vehicle. He had a handgun in his vehicle. The stranger came back in with defendant's handgun. A short time later the unknown male shot [the victim] at close range. He said that he panicked and fled from the scene. He said he didn't know what happened to his handgun.

That story didn't dissuade prosecutors from charging Juetten with second-degree attempted murder.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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