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Man speaks out after shots fired in neighborhood


LANSING, Minn. (KTTC) -- Details are tough to come by in the case of a shooting that injured five people near Austin early Sunday morning.

A neighbor we spoke to said his child slept through the gunshots that were being fired 100 yards away from his home.

Dustin Plank said he couldn't understand what he heard coming from outside his home early Sunday morning.

"To me it sounded like somebody was pounding on the door. It sounded pretty close," said Plank.  "Then all you hear is people shouting and screaming and cars peeling out of here like crazy!"

Plank went to investigate and soon learned it was the sound of gunfire coming from the parking lot of the Lansing Corners Event Center at Highway 218 and County Road 2 north of Austin.

"I seen at least six squad cars and three ambulances," he said. 

The Mower County Sheriff's Office is conducting its own investigation.

"This was a very serious incident and we know there were at least two weapons involved. So we're believing two shooters," said Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi.

The shots rang out in the parking lot, injuring four males and one female. One remains in critical condition with a chest wound at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Plank described the scene as law enforcement arrived.

"Where we kind of seen people like huddled around was by these pine trees in this area here," said Plank.

On Sunday, Sheriff Amazi explained although the incidents that unfolded in the parking lot got out of hand, the owner of the event center was not in breech of any laws. 

"Nothing violating the conditional use permit," said Amazi.  "It was advertised on Facebook which is where we believe a lot of these individuals found out about it."

Amazi said it was a hip-hop sort of function that occurred, drawing in a younger crowd from across the Midwest.  With more than 300 people in attendance and law enforcement on its way, Plank said people cleared out fast.

"Pretty much already gone by the time they [law enforcement] got here," said Plank.  "They scattered pretty quickly."

Sheriff Amazi tells KTTC this shooting appears to be an isolated incident and deputies are seeking help from the public to piece together the events on Saturday night.

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