May 7, 2007
Armed suspects enter Delano residence
Two receive minor injuries following altercation
By Ryan Gueningsman
Up to five people with weapons entered a residence in the 200 block of 14th Street in Delano in the early morning hours of April 29, according to the Wright County Sheriff’s Department.
The sheriff’s department received a call at about 2:50 a.m. stating several people with guns had entered a residence, said Lt. Todd Hoffman.
“One of the parties who was at the residence fled out a window, and had a friend call 911,” Hoffman said.
The sheriff’s department arrived on scene, and none of the suspects were located at that time.
Two people who were at the residence sustained minor injuries stemming from an altercation, and were taken to Buffalo Hospital, where they were treated and released, he said.
Hoffman said that no shots were fired during the incident, and that as of late last week, no one had been arrested. A general search was done of the area with the assistance of West Hennepin Public Safety.
“It does not appear to be random,” Hoffman said, adding he felt citizens do not need to have a concern of “who will be next.”
One person at the residence that night who, for safety reasons did not wish to be identified, spoke about the incident, stating a group of friends that hadn’t seen each other in some time got together for some grilling earlier in the evening.
The person said several people left earlier in the night, while the others stayed at the residence.
As they were getting ready to go to sleep, one of the people was going to set a cell phone alarm. While they were doing this, they heard some banging and yelling noises. The witness said it was thought that maybe several people who had left the residence earlier had returned.
A person came around the corner with a gun, took the cell phone out of a person’s hand, and told the person to give them everything they had and to get on the ground, the witness said.
At first, the witness thought it was a prank or joke, but as it unfolded, the people who were at the residence became more concerned.
“We were just scared,” the witness said. “They all started leaving, and the last kid who walked out said, ‘we should kill ‘em all.’”
After the intruders had left the residence, the witness said for several moments, they were stunned by what had just happened, and that they eventually realized they needed to get out of the home and call authorities.
One of the people who was at the residence was hit on the back of the head with a pistol, according to the witness. Several people drove the injured person to the hospital in Buffalo, then returned to Delano.
As of the middle of last week, the witness said they hadn’t heard much from authorities regarding the incident, except that the wallet of one of the people who was at the house with them was found near Annandale.
Hoffman confirmed several items of minor value were taken from the residence by the intruders during the incident, which remains under investigation by the sheriff’s department.
Late last week, Hoffman said the department was continuing to follow up on several leads in the case.