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Two Suspects Charged In Connection With Austin Hospital Lockdown

Posted at: 11/09/2012 9:59 PM
Updated at: 11/09/2012 10:21 PM
By: Dietrich Nissen

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Two men have been charged with nine felonies after what they’re accused of led to a woman being shot and a hospital being locked down. Friday afternoon, a copy of the criminal complaint laid out in detail what police believe took place Thursday afternoon. In total, five people were involved and now two face serious charges.

A home, northeast of Lansing, is where the complaint says the shooting happened on Thursday.     

"[It] was about 12:30 in the afternoon…We received a call from a medical provider that they had a victim that had been shot," says Mower County Sheriff, Terese Amazi.

27 year-old, Joseph Peterson, and, 62-year-old, Daniel Peterson were quickly arrested in connection with the shooting. They're charged with  a combined 9 felonies, including attempted murder for the older Peterson.    

According to the criminal complaint, a car with two women and a man went to the Peterson’s home to hang out with Joseph. Witnesses say when Joseph Peterson saw the manm, he became angry, got a gun from a nearby garage, and began shooting at the car.

"It was not accidental. We know that from speaking to witnesses, but the motive is unclear," says Amazi.

Witnesses say Joseph then went into the home. Minutes later, Daniel Peterson came back out with a gun and began firing. As the trio retreated, the woman driving the car was shot in the face. The complaint says the injured woman continued to press her foot against the gas pedal while another person steered the car. Once they were a safe distance away, one of the others drove her to the hospital.

The hospital went into lockdown mode because police say the shooters were still at large. The victim was flown to Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

The woman, who hasn't been identified, was last listed in serious condition. Again, the motive is unclear, but when questioned by authorities investigators say the elder Peterson said he just wanted the people off his property.