Lansing Corners Supper Club in Lansing, Minnesota, near Austin, Minn., was the scene of a five person shooting Sunday night.

Joe Michaud-Scorza, Rochester Post-Bulletin via AP

Shooting at Austin club still stymies authorities

  • November 12, 2012 - 9:22 PM

Authorities continued Monday to investigate a weekend shooting outside a supper club near Austin, Minn., that wounded five people. They said they're not getting very far because attendees at the large dance aren't talking.

"It's just a matter of finding additional information, and nobody is being cooperative," Mark May, Mower County's chief sheriff's deputy, told the Austin Daily Herald.

The shooting happened just after midnight Saturday as a dance was wrapping up at Lansing Corners Event Center, according to Dave Olson, co-owner of the supper club, which is at the intersection of Hwy. 218 and County Road 2, north of Austin. Most of the roughly 100 partygoers were outside or had left when the shooting occurred, Olson said.

Olson was inside cleaning and shutting off lights when he heard what sounded like firecrackers, he told the Austin newspaper. They were gunshots that had critically injured a 21-year-old Sioux Falls, S.D., man who was struck in the chest and a 19-year-old Rochester man who was hit in the chest and thigh. Three others were less seriously injured, including two from Austin, ages 23 and 17, and a 17-year-old from Sioux Falls.

While the event was promoted as an 18-and-older hip-hop dance with no alcohol, Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi said evidence of alcohol use was strewn about the parking lot.

While the Sheriff's Office confirmed that two guns were involved, Amazi and May would not say whether any weapons were recovered from the event.

Amazi also said in a news release that many people said, "I didn't see anything." Olson said he knows people have information, and he has given names of people at the event to authorities.

"I don't get it," Olson said. "I don't get how this happened. ... Somebody had to see something."

Lansing Corners, formerly a diner, sat vacant from 2008 until March of this year, when Olson turned it into an event center to host wedding receptions, graduation parties, business functions and other special events. The club originally opened in 1938 as a gas station and diner.

Amazi urges anyone with information about the shooting to call the Sheriff's Office at 1-507-437-9400 or 1-800-437-9409.

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