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UPDATE: Victim in Rochester home invasion shooting identified


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Police have identified the man shot by an intruder during a home invasion in a Northwest Rochester residence, which was the site of a marijuana grow operation.

Rochester police said 30-year-old Andrew Wieners of Rochester was shot in the leg when an intruder demanded marijuana.

Sgt. Dan Monnet of the Rochester Police Department said that around 5:50 p.m. Wednesday, police received a call from a woman about a burglary in progress at a home in the 3800 block of 14th Avenue Northwest. The caller said a man had entered the home and attacked another man inside.

Police said three children, ages 3, 9 and 11 were in the home at the time of the incident. 

Wieners told police the suspect came in to the home and confronted him on the stairs, commanding the victim's fiance and the three children to go downstairs. When Wieners would not allow it, the suspect shot him in the knee.

Wieners said he did not know the suspect, but the man knew there was a grow operation in the house and demanded marijuana. Wieners cooperated after he was shot and the suspect got away with two jars of marijuana.

The woman left the house with the kids and called police

The 30-year-old victim was taken to Saint Marys Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

A very large police presence responded to the area, blocking off roads and even canceling a youth baseball game taking place nearby while they searched for the suspect. K9 units were seen aiding in the search. However, police were unable to find the suspect.

The intruder is described as a black man between 30 and 35-years-old. He is about 6'0" to 6'4", weighs 220-250 lbs, and has very short dark hair.

Police do not believe there is an immediate threat to the public.

Wieners is cooperating with police in the grow operation investigation. Police searched the home on a drug warrant Thursday morning.

"Even though the victim is engaged in a high risk life style, that doesn't make our investigation any less intensive," said Rochester Police Captain John Sherwin. "We're committed to finding this person who has committed a violent act and we're looking for help from the public as well."

If anyone has information that could help in apprehending the suspect, you can leave a tip with CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. 

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