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Man shot and killed in SE Rochester, police searching for suspect

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The victim, 38-year-old Brandon Arndt, lived in the yellow trailer at Bob's Trailer Court in SE Rochester. The victim, 38-year-old Brandon Arndt, lived in the yellow trailer at Bob's Trailer Court in SE Rochester.
ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -

A man was shot and killed in southeast Rochester after he heard someone knocking on his trailer door. When he opened it, he was shot in the face. 

Police identified the man as 38-year-old Brandon Matthew Arndt. He lived at Bob's Trailer Court in Lot #14.

A person living with Arndt called 911 after she was woken up by the single gunshot around 4 a.m. Monday. Life-saving efforts by Rochester Police, Rochester Fire Personnel, and Gold Cross Paramedics were attempted, but Arndt was declared dead at the scene.

Thomas Moe, who lives two trailers away from the crime scene, said police aren't an uncommon sight in the trailer park. They're frequently there to resolve domestic disputes between couples.

He was getting ready to go to bed around 4 a.m. when he heard people arguing outside. "I peeked out, looked out. I seen that. I didn't think it was any of my business and went back in." He regrets not turning on his porch light or saying something to the men yelling. Though he didn't get a good look at the suspect, he said they drove a brown Impala.

"There's been a lot of killings here in Rochester, Minnesota, and to come out here and to support is to awaken the eyes of our youth," said Charles Jackson, founder of the Ministry of Good Works. He and a friend showed up to the crime scene after hearing about it on the news. 

He spoke with the victim's friends and mother, saying he knows what it feels like to lose a loved one. His cousin died in 2013 from a drug overdose, while his father passed away in 2010. "Everybody needs support when they go through a tragedy like this."

Jackson did not know the victim, but wanted to provide comfort to those who did. "It don't matter if we know them or not. It's about the love that we have for our community."

Police have ruled this incident as a homicide and are not investigating the other person who was in the trailer. They believe the attack was targeted but that information could change as the investigation progresses. 

Community members with information are urged to contact Rochester Police Department directly at (507) 328-6800 or indirectly at 1-800-222-TIPS.

We'll have more on this developing story as we learn.

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