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Man shot in head outside Eden Prairie store a victim of 'robbery gone bad'


The truck driver shot in the head during what police believe is a robbery gone bad outside an Eden Prairie grocery store remains in hospital.

The 58-year-old victim was actually conscious when he was found by police in the parking lot of Jerry's Foods, in the 9600 block of Anderson Lakes Parkway, off Highway 169, following an attempted robbery just after 5 a.m. Saturday, WCCO reports.

He was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center with severe head trauma, and he remains hospitalized.

Bloomington Police arrested a 28-year-old man from Albertville, Minnesota, who was questioned by officers when he was spotted walking along Highway 169 North after the shooting, according to the Star Tribune.

Police investigators found a handgun near the store, and a spokesman told the Star Tribune the victim and the suspect didn't know each other.

KARE 11 reports the suspect could be charged with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree aggravated robbery and first-degree assault.

He is currently in Hennepin County Jail, as he awaits a decision from the county attorney's office over whether he will be charged.

Violent crime rare in Eden Prairie

The incident in Eden Prairie could be considered unusual taking into account the city's relatively low crime rate compared to other parts of the metro area.

Although the city has a higher crime rate than 54 percent of Minnesota communities, NeighborhoodScout says for a city of its size, its crime rate is among the lowest in the nation, describing it as "one of the safest places in America in which to live for its size."

The website also found that the chance of become a victim of violent crime in the city is 1 in 2,482.

According to crime statistics on the City of Eden Prairie website, there were seven robberies in city boundaries in 2013.

This was an increase on the three seen in 2012, but lower than the 12 robberies reported in 2011.

There were three murders or attempted murders in 2013, the highest amount in the last seven years. There were zero in 2012 and only one in 2011, statistics show.

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