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LATEST: Austin Police Asking for Public's Help in Drive-By Shooting Case

April 22, 2019 12:29 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Austin police are asking for help from the public after a shooting in Austin Saturday night sent two people to the hospital.

Police Chief Dave McKichan said the shooting was reported around 9:15 p.m. on the 200 block of 3rd Ave. SW.

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McKichan said the shots came from a car that was described as possibly white or gray Impala-style vehicle and that investigators believe about a dozen shots were fired from a 9-millimeter weapon.

McKichan said a 32-year-old Rochester woman and a 37-year-old Austin woman were both struck in the leg.  Both were taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries.  McKichan said neither are believed to be life threatening.

The investigation is ongoing.  McKichan said police are still looking for a possible motive but that the shooting is not believed to be a random act.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Austin Police Department at 507-437-9405.

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It's been more than 24 hours since shots rang out in a southwest neighborhood in Austin Saturday night.  Since then, ABC 6 News has learned from neighbors in the area about the moments after that incident which sent two people to the hospital.

The shooting incident took place at 1st Street Southwest and 3rd Avenue Southwest in Austin. It happened around 9:00 p.m. Saturday. The neighborhood is about half a block from a popular city park. Austin Police told ABC 6 News that two people were shot on Saturday and taken to Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Austin. They were then immediately brought to Mayo Clinic Hospital Saint Mary's Campus in Rochester. The extent of their injuries is unknown at this time.

On Saturday night, during the incident, a spokesperson confirmed that Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Austin went on lockdown for several hours as a standard procedure.  That lockdown was lifted shortly after midnight.

One resident told ABC 6 News they heard 8 to 10 shots in rapid succession followed by screaming.  Another said she saw a group of women running through the neighborhood, apparently trying to hide. And another said she didn't want to go on camera for fear of repercussion.

We are still waiting to hear back from authorities on whether or not the suspect or suspects are in custody. We have made multiple requests for additional information from law enforcement but we have not heard back from them as of this time.

The Austin Police Department, Grand Meadow Police Department, Adams Police Department and Minnesota State Patrol were all on scene on Saturday night at the shooting incident.

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