At least two shootings have occurred in the last several days near the Minnesota governor’s mansion, currently occupied by Democrat Gov. Tim Walz.
A Speedway employee was shot around 6:30 p.m. Thursday night on the 900 block of Grand Avenue, about a block and a half away from Walz’s house.
Police said the incident was not random but “the result of a confrontation not related to the business of Speedway.”
“There appears to be no indication at this time that this was a store robbery,” police said.
The victim suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the left shoulder and was transported to Regions Hospital. Police said he is in stable condition and no arrests have been made.
Late last month, officers located 13 shell casings outside Billy’s on Grand after two adult males shot at each other in the street, police said. Police have not located any suspects or victims from the Aug. 22 shooting.
Meanwhile, 39-year-old Kenneth Wells was shot to death Wednesday night in the city’s 24th homicide of the year.
Officers were dispatched to a shots fired call in the area of Rice and Manitoba at approximately 10 p.m. Aug. 31. When they arrived, they located an adult male with a gunshot wound. Paramedics pronounced Wells dead at the scene. Police are still looking for potential suspects.
Gov. Walz downplayed Minnesota’s crime problem in a recent interview, falsely claiming 45 states have higher crime rates.