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Superior man arrested after woman shot

A Superior man was arrested Saturday night after one person was injured by a gunshot in Superior's north end.

A Superior man was arrested Saturday night after one person was injured by a gunshot in Superior's north end.

The arrest resulted from what was originally an ambulance call shortly after 10 p.m. to the rear parking lot of JT's Bar and Grill at 1506 N. Third St. The callers believed a woman in their party had been injured by stray fireworks.

But when Superior police responded with medical personnel, they determined the woman had been wounded in the left foot by a gun. She was transported to St. Mary's Hospital-Superior, where she underwent surgery on Sunday, according to police, who had not released her identity Sunday.

While police were on the scene interviewing witnesses at JT's, additional gunshots began to strike a nearby vehicle.

Additional police and units from the Douglas County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to cordon off a three-block area. The gunshots appeared to have come from the rear of the Viking Bar, 1501 N. Fifth St., according to Superior police, and a short time later, a firearm believed to have been used in the incident was recovered. Further investigation led to the arrest of a 41-year-old Superior man as the suspected shooter.

The man was being held early Sunday on initial charges of causing injury by negligent handing of a dangerous weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm (both felony offenses).

Patrons of both bars Sunday said the incident had nothing to do with their respective watering holes. The prevailing theory was that the shooting had occurred as a result of a nearby resident taking target practice with a gun in an empty lot, missing his mark and striking an innocent bystander.

"This is a regular neighborhood tavern. There's no fights and no nothing that happens around here," said Roswitha Peters, a patron of the Viking Bar. "This is just a spooky thing."

Wayne Garrett of Duluth offered a similar defense of his favorite bar -- JT's.

"This is the safest bar around," he said. "What happened had nothing to do with the bar. It just happened to be in the line of fire. This could have happened anywhere."