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Automatic weapon possibly used, 50 rounds fired in Brooklyn Park shootout

The shootout occurred during a memorial for a slain teenager.

Authorities have revealed more details about the shootout that occurred during a memorial for a slain 17-year-old Tuesday.

Brooklyn Park police had said officers were called to the Gold Key strip mall at 5700 Brookdale Drive N. at 11:01 p.m. Tuesday, on reports people in a "large group" were shooting at each other. The gunshots rang out during a memorial for a 17-year-old boy who was fatally shot nearby earlier in the day. 

The police department provided additional details Wednesday afternoon.

"Several groups" were shooting at each other during the incident, police said, noting at least one of the weapons is believed to be fully automatic. Investigators said at least 50 rounds were fired, with "many vehicles" in the area hit by the gunfire.

The crowd, following the shooting, "became unruly," the department added, and they called in resources from other law enforcement agencies to assist.

Four people, including one juvenile, were arrested on suspicion of rioting and weapon violations, police said.

The family of the slain teenager is planning another memorial service for 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Gold Key strip mall, where he was killed. Bishop Harding Smith will lead the service, during which they will call for an end to the violence.

Police say the strip mall will close at 6 p.m. "because of the ongoing violence."

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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