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5 suffer gunshot wounds in melee at club near Austin

  • Associated Press
  • November 11, 2012 - 9:42 PM

AUSTIN, MINN. - Five people were injured -- two of them critically -- after shots were fired in the parking lot of a southern Minnesota events center early Sunday, the Rochester Post-Bulletin reported.

The shooting happened just after midnight in the parking lot of the Lansing Corners supper club, a onetime diner near Austin that is now an events center, after a hip-hop event, the newspaper reported.

The names of the injured were not immediately released. A Rochester resident and a Sioux Falls, S.D., resident were shot in the chest; a third victim was shot in the foot, a fourth in the leg, and a fifth in the stomach and hand, authorities said. All were taken to Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin, then transferred to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester

"We don't know at this point [what caused the shootings]," Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi said. "We don't know if it's gang-related, or what the case may be. We do know that several victims are not cooperating, and witnesses at the scene didn't see anything. So that's very frustrating."

Officials say there were at least two guns involved.

Alcohol was not served inside the club, but drinking did take place outside and bottles littered the crime scene.

The supper club, a red low-slung building at the corner of Hwy. 218 and Mower County Road 2, has existed for more than 70 years. It is 5 miles north of downtown Austin. It serves largely as an event center where weddings, wine-tastings and other celebrations are booked.

The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is assisting in the investigation.

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