MN Shooting Victim Says Somali Man Pulled Trigger


ROCHESTER, MINN – A man was shot twice in a drive-by shooting around 10:40pm on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017.  The incident happened on the 100 block of 19th Street SE in Rochester.  When police arrived at the scene they found a man with multiple gunshot wounds.

The victim, a 33 year old Detroit Lakes man, was at a relative’s house to watch the Superbowl.  He stepped outside to smoke a cigarette after the game.  While he was out smoking, a silver Honda Accord and a maroon Chevy Impala pulled up.  According to Rochester Police Investigator, John Sherwin, the victim told police he did not know the men in the cars.  The victim told police he believed the men were Somali.  

One passenger got out of the Honda Accord and exchanged words with the victim.  Then the man shot the victim twice and then the group drove away.  

The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, however, the victim suffered at least seven wounds from through-and-through bullet injuries.  According to Sherwin, the victim had to have surgery to repair his wounds, but is expected to recover.  

Rochester police are asking for anyone with information about the incident contact CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.  Anyone with information that leads to an arrest and/or prosecution could be eligible for a cash reward.

Andrea Mayer-Bruestle

Andrea Mayer-Bruestle is a former writer for Alpha News.