Posted at: 11/11/2012 6:29 AM
Updated at: 11/11/2012 10:50 PM
By: Brittany Lewis
(ABC 6 News) -- Five people are injured, two are in critical condition after an overnight shooting just north of Austin. The Mower County Sheriff’s Office says it happened just after midnight at Lansing Corners, a local event center, when a hip-hop event ended.
Using the light of flashlights, the Mower County Sheriff’s office searched the parking lot of Lansing Corners. The parking lot, littered with alcohol bottles, holding the clues to what happened just hours before.
"We were all getting ready for bed and we all of a sudden just heard this popping noise. My husband opened up the door and there was just a bunch of people screaming,” said Brittany Plank.
Police say less than 100 feet away from her house, several shots were fired, injuring five. Two are in critical condition including a 19-year-old male from Rochester who was shot twice in the chest and once in the right thigh. The other is a 21-year-old male from Sioux Falls, South Dakota who was shot in the chest.
Three suffered non-life-threatening injuries including a 23-year-old woman of Austin who suffered two gun shots to the stomach and one to the left hand, a 17-year-old male from Austin who was shot in the right foot, and a 17-year-old male from Sioux Falls, who was shot in the back right calf.
All were taken to Mayo Health System in Austin either by ambulance or private party and then transported to St. Mary’s in Rochester. At least two handguns were used. As far as a motive, Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi says she’s not ruling anything out.
"I don't know if it's gang related. Several victims are not cooperating. Witnesses at the scene say they did not see anything so that's very frustrating when trying to put those responsible in custody,” she said.
An owner of Lansing Corners says the venue that is often used for weddings and other events was being used by a promoter from Lakeville for a teen dance and that security was provided.
“There was plenty of security on staff. The promoter had five or six different security people on hand,” said Ari Kalos, a co-owner of the event center.
A scary night for those at and near that parking lot. The sheriff says the clues in that lot won’t lead to any arrests without some cooperation.
"We don't see anything is the answer that we get,” said Amazi.
At this point the Sheriff said no one is in custody for the shootings. She said it is an isolated event and they will continue to interview and investigate until they find some answers as to what exactly happened. Amazi says many attending the event were from out of state.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Mower County Sheriff at 437-9400 or 1-800-437-9409.