Man shot at Myth in Maplewood, should survive


submitted photo An 18-year-old man is expected to survive being shot in the neck March 29 after a brawl broke out following a rap concert at Myth Live in Maplewood.

A man was shot in the neck after a concert at Myth Nightclub in Maplewood on March 29. 

A little before 11 p.m. in the neighboring Ashley Furniture parking lot that Myth contracts for event parking on Southland Drive, a fight broke out with shots fired, according to a Maplewood police release. 

Jose Samperio, 18, was shot in the neck and rushed to Regions Hospital where he was later downgraded from critical condition to general population. 

Samperio is “expected to survive but it could easily have been a homicide,” wrote Maplewood Police Chief Scott Nadeau in a report to the city. 

Police did not find a firearm or casings in the parking lot and no one was immediately taken into custody in relation to the shooting.

An all-ages rap concert that night, featuring Lil Baby, Blue Face and City Girls, was attended by some 1,800 people and ran from 7 to 10 p.m., Maplewood police said. The show racked up five total calls for service at the venue, located off County Road D just north of Maplewood Mall.

Those calls included Myth security requesting help with people refusing to leave the property, a call about two males possibly overdosing from “a combination of marijuana and Xanax,” the shooting, and two thefts from vehicles in the parking lot.

Police said officers were never dispatched to the theft reports because the shooting call was “occupying all available resources.”

In the city council memo Nadeau noted the shooting didn’t just deplete city law enforcement capabilities at the time, but prompted multiple neighboring agencies to pitch in. Assistance came from the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota State Patrol and officers from White Bear Lake, New Brighton and North St. Paul.

“The Myth Live has been associated with numerous public safety issues in the past two years, which have resulted in unsafe conditions and a threat to public safety,” Nadeau said in the memo. Police said they’ve met with Myth ownership and staff over the last two years, but “unfortunately the public safety issues persist and may require City Council action.”

The city has previously taken action in the wake of violence at city businesses. The city council voted to close Stargate Bar and Nightclub, formerly at the intersection of Rice Street and Larpenteur Avenue, in February 2017, following a chaotic shooting that month at the club in which five poeple were injured.

 

—Solomon Gustavo

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