The Anoka County attorney will decide if charges will be filed against three suspects being held in jail in connection with a shooting at a Ham Lake gas station that injured a 21-year-old man.
The victim, whose name has not been released but is from Elk River, is recovering at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, where on Thursday he was upgraded from critical to stable condition, the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office said.
Authorities working the case stemming from the shooting Wednesday night at the SuperAmerica station on Hwy. 65 and Constance Boulevard have arrested a 31-year-old man from Ham Lake, a 20-year-old man from Zimmerman and a 16-year-old girl from Minneapolis. They could be charged with aiding and abetting second-degree assault, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Police were called to the gas station about 7:20 p.m. and were originally told that the victim was shot in the chest as a result of a road rage incident. But as the investigation unfolded, “it became apparent that the road rage story had been fabricated. We can now confirm, that no road rage episode took place,” the Sheriff’s Office said.
Investigators obtained a warrant to search the vehicle in hopes of learning more about what led to the shooting. The arrests were announced Thursday.
Anyone who may have information can call the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office at 763-427-1212 or submit an anonymous tip online at https://www.anokacounty.us/FormCenter/Sheriffs-Office-13/Submit-an-anonymous-crime-tip-112.