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UPDATE: Victims at Rochester KFC shooting were two teens, police say

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) — Two teens were going to eat at a Kentucky Fried Chicken in Rochester when someone walked up to their vehicle and started shooting at them.

Rochester Police have released new information about a shooting that took place in the parking lot of a KFC in Rochester on Wednesday evening.

The shooting happened along the 700 Block of 12th Street SE a little after 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

Police said two 16-year-old males were sitting in a vehicle in the KFC parking lot when someone appeared at the window and started shooting at them. Officers believe there were no more than three shots fired.

Police said one victim was shot in the leg, but the injuries were non-life threatening and he will recover. The other male in the car may have been grazed by the bullet but was not taken to the hospital.

RPD said the victims drove away and went to a relative’s house. The teen who was shot in the leg was taken to Olmsted Medical Center for treatment.

At the time of the incident, an off-duty RPD officer was nearby, heard shots fired, then saw the suspect fleeing on foot north from the location. There was another vehicle involved that left the scene at a high speed, and RPD said it’s possible that the vehicle picked the suspect up at some point.

Three shell casings were found on the property and that there was damage to the vehicle from the bullets. The shooting does not appear to be tied with the June shooting at the KFC, or the shots fired at Olympik Village on Friday.

Police said they do not have any suspects in custody yet.


Byron Tollefson

Byron Tollefson

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