Posted at: 11/13/2012 11:21 AM
Updated at: 11/13/2012 11:40 AM
(ABC 6 NEWS) - It now appears a weekend shooting that injured five people at the former Lansing Corners Supper Club, north of Austin, was gang related. That's according to Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi.
The five were injured when gunshots broke out early Sunday morning at a hip-hop event.
“There are several gangs that are involved in this situation,” says Amazi.
That’s believed to be behind the unwillingness for victims and witnesses to cooperate with the investigation, out of fear for retaliation.
The weekend event had been advertised via Facebook.
“Those are the situations we’ve found in the past that really lead to the violent confrontations,” explains Amazi.
A handgun has been recovered as part of the investigation. The gun will be sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for testing, along with bullet casings and bullets removed from the victims.
A South Dakota man has been released from St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.
The sheriff says the victims are continuing to improve, but all claim they didn’t see anything at the time of the shooting. But investigators are concerned they might not have heard the end of the story.
“We do believe that there will be some sort of retaliation,” says Amazi. “Where that might take place we do not know at this time.”
The Sheriff's Department plans to contact other event centers in the area to let them know of the potential danger. No one is in custody.