Shooting Victim Dropped off at Minn. Fire Station

June 26--Just before a 25-year-old was fatally shot in St. Paul on Wednesday, he posted on Facebook that someone was talking about shooting him.

Lamar Hale, who turned 25 just over two weeks ago, had posted on Facebook on Wednesday that someone was talking "about when he see me he shooting me down."

On Monday, Hale shared someone else's photo on Facebook -- a casket that's been lowered into the ground, with these words over it, "This Could Be Me But God Is So Good."

Police went to Arcade Street and Case Avenue at 12:08 p.m. on a report of a person shot. Witnesses said two people were involved in the shooting, and one left a shoe at the scene.

As officers arrived, dispatch notified them that the victim had been driven to Fire Station No. 7 at 1038 Ross Ave., about a mile away.

St. Paul fire paramedics worked on the man and took him to Regions Hospital, where he died. Police said he had been shot in the chest.

It was unclear Wednesday who drove Hale to the fire station, though police later towed two vehicles from his family's home, about a block from the shooting.

Investigators took several "persons of interest" into custody, and a police spokesman later said that area residents had no cause to be concerned for their safety. Police also said they don't believe the incident was random.

Hale's family declined comment, and police released no additional information about the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 651-266-5650.

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