Shooting in Mankato leaves one dead, three wounded


One person is dead and three others were wounded in a shooting outside the Kato Entertainment Center in Mankato early Sunday morning, following an event for a student group from Minnesota State University, the Mankato Free Press reports.

The crowd was just leaving the event when the shooting took place, according to a statement released Sunday evening by Tania Cordes, owner of the Kato Entertainment Center. She said the event was a party for the South Sudanese Group at MSU, the Free Press reports. About 140 people attended, and no alcohol was served at the event, she said.

Cordes said the trouble began when the lights were turned up at 1:45 a.m. and people were asked to begin leaving.

"At that point, a scuffle broke out amongst some of the students. Ballroom security called 911 asking for police assistance, escorted those students outside and was in the process of breaking up the fight when gun shots were heard. We believe that the shooter went to his car and retrieved his weapon. All of the shootings happened outside of the ballroom after the party was over," the statement said, according to the Free Press.

The four shooting victims were taken to a hospital, where one of them died. The other three were treated for what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Free Press.

Police arrested one suspect connected to a handgun that was recovered at the scene, and two others were arrested for what police described as “obstruction of legal process,” the Star Tribune reports.

Mankato Police Commander Jeremy Clifton said police were investigating a number of people to determine if there was more than one shooter. He added they do not believe this was a random act and are confident there is no further danger to the public.

The names of the victims have not been released. Clifton said police are trying to contact family members and determine if those family members may be at risk, according to the Free Press.

Agents from the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are assisting in the investigation.

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