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Martin County Sheriff issues release about shooting

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release Wednesday regarding a shooting that took place on July 3 in rural Truman.

The release explained that the sheriff’s office has been investigating the incident and working with multiple agencies throughout southern Minnesota. The victims have all been released from hospitals and a suspect has been identified as Lavant Marques Shaw, 18, of Owatonna. Shaw was taken into custody on Wednesday without incident.

The sheriff's office states that the arrest was executed safely due to the coordinated effort and assistance of the Owatonna Police Department, Steel County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force, South Central Drug Investigations Unit and the Minnesota River Valley Tactical Team.

Details of the July 3 incident known to investigators include that there was a large gathering of people at a farm site in rural Martin County. The gathering was shared via social media and drew hundreds of people from multiple communities that included Worthington, Fairmont and numerous others. Shots were fired into the crowd after an altercation, and the suspect fled the scene. Several interviews were conducted, search warrants have now been served and evidence collected.

The investigation is continuing and anyone with information is encouraged to call the Martin County Law Enforcement Center at (507) 238-4481.

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