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15 people involved in fight at Jeff's Little Store near Rochester

The fight happened in the convenience store's parking lot.
Jeffs Little Store - 5397 US-52, Rochester, Minnesota - August 2019

More than a dozen people got into a fight in the parking lot of a small, southeastern Minnesota convenience store, with at least one person suffering injuries.

The incident happened around 2:50 p.m. on Saturday, July 17, Lt. Jim Schueller with the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office told Bring Me The News. An emergency call reported a large group of people (estimated at about 15 individuals) fighting outside Jeff's Little Store at 5395 Highway 52 SE in Marion Township.

By the time deputies arrived on the scene, the participants had fled.

However, about 90 minutes later, a 19-year-old in Rochester called requesting medical attention, Schueller said. He reportedly told deputies an argument between two groups at Jeff's Little Store precipitated the brawl, during which he was punched and kicked.

Schueller said the sheriff's office has spoken to others involved, though their roles are not clear and some individuals are being uncooperative. He also said a gun may have been brandished during the fight, though it's unknown at this point who was responsible or whether it was pointed at anyone.

The sheriff's office is investigating.

Note: The details provided in this story are based on the police’s latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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