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MOORHEAD – Police were on the scene of a possible shooting Friday, Aug. 17, in south Moorhead near Bennett Park and asked local hospitals to be on the lookout for a patient with a gunshot wound.

Shortly after 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, officials with Moorhead, Clay County and the Minnesota State Patrol arrived at 1617 3rd Ave. S., for a report of gunshots.

There were about a half-dozen minors outside the home being interviewed by police and two juveniles were handcuffed and placed in squad cars while police investigated.

Sgt. Steve Larsen said no gun or evidence of a shooting were found, but there were reports of individuals on scene saying that they should “just let him bleed to death,” Larsen said.

“We had no cooperation from the residents so we forced entry, made contact with everybody involved and at this point we haven’t been able to verify there was, in fact, gunshots fired. As far as we know, there’s nobody that has been injured,” he said.

It’s unclear how many people were in the house and Larsen said several ran from the home before officers arrived. He said everyone in the home was underage and alcohol was not involved.

Larsen said that it’s normal to give hospitals a “heads up” in situations like this, but there’s “no indication that anybody was injured.”

Neighbor Belinda Barry said while she was outside of her home grabbing something from her car she heard a gunshot. She added there is a lot of activity at the home.

No arrests were made in connection with the incident, Larsen said, and there is no concern for public safety at this time.

Kim Hyatt

Kim Hyatt is a reporter with The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and a 2014 graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth. She started her newspaper career at the Owatonna People’s Press covering arts and education. In 2016, she received Minnesota Newspaper Association's Dave Pyle New Journalist Award and later that year she joined The Forum newsroom.

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