Rice Co. sheriff: 3 people shot and injured at a party



Three people are injured following a shooting in a small town about 35 miles south of Minneapolis.

The Rice County Sheriff's Office says the incident happened around 3 a.m. Saturday in Webster Township.

Gunshots had been reported. When deputies responded, they found a female victim at a residence on the 4000 block of Elmore Avenue.

According to the news release, she had a gunshot wound to the upper torso.

Then a deputy came across a vehicle northeast of the residence. Two males were inside. They both had gunshot wounds to their lower extremities, officials say.

The female and one of the male victims were airlifted to a hospital. The second male was taken to a trauma center via ambulance.

Sheriff Troy Dunn tells WCCO that the female is in critical condition, one male is in serious condition, and the other male is stable.

Authorities are not releasing names at this time, but they say none of the victims were from the immediate area.

An initial investigation suggests that there had been a party. At some point, a fight broke out and gunshots were fired, officials report.

Authorities say they're working to figure out who is responsible for the shootings. The department has not specified whether they are looking for one or more suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at 507-334-4391.


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