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Uncooperative witnesses hurt Austin shooting case

AUSTIN, Minnesota (WXOW) - Sheriff's investigators say their work to find those responsible for a shooting outside an events center near Austin that left five wounded, including two critically, has been hampered by uncooperative witnesses.

Mower County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Mark May said Monday no arrests have been made in the shooting outside the former Lansing Corners supper club near Austin that now hosts special events.

May says a "rap party" got out of control early Sunday and as security staff broke up the crowd, shots rang out in the parking lot. The chief deputy estimates there were about 200 people in the parking lot.

May says two small-caliber handguns were used in the shooting, but he would not say whether they were recovered.

Officials say the critically injured are from Rochester and Sioux Falls, S.D.

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AUSTIN, Minnesota (WXOW) - Five people were injured - including two critically - after shots were fired in the parking lot of a southern Minnesota events center.

The Rochester Post-Bulletin reports the shooting happened early Sunday at the Lansing Corners supper club, a 1-time diner near Austin that is now an events center. The shooting happened after a hip-hop event.

The names of the injured were not immediately released. Officials say a Rochester resident and a Sioux Falls, S.D., resident were critically hurt with gunshot wounds to the chest.

Investigators are trying to figure out what happened. So far, witnesses and victims are not cooperating, or are claiming they didn't see anything. There have been no arrests.

Gang activity was not being ruled out.

Officials say there were at least two guns involved.

 

Information from: Post-Bulletin, http://www.postbulletin.com

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