Two men arrested, charged in connection to drive-by shooting in Janesville

Authorities are investigating a shooting that took place in Janesville Tuesday afternoon.
Published: Jul. 26, 2022 at 3:54 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 26, 2022 at 10:41 PM CDT
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JANESVILLE, Minn. (KEYC) - Two men were arrested and booked into the Waseca County Jail Tuesday evening in connection to a drive-by shooting incident that occurred earlier in the day.

Shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday, law enforcement responded to multiple 911 calls of shots fired near the area of North Main and First Streets in Janesville.

Witnesses reported to police that shots were fired from inside a vehicle that then fled east on County Road 14 toward Waseca.

The driver of another vehicle was struck by the gunfire. The victim lost control of their vehicle and crashed into the post office building. They were later airlifted to a hospital. The victim remains hospitalized and is reportedly in stable condition.

An eyewitness said multiple gunshots were fired at a car and some people nearby thought the noise was a jackhammer, not a gun. The victim’s car is covered with bullet holes on the driver’s side of the black sedan.

“In today’s day and time, you just don’t know what to expect when a call like that comes in,” Janesville Police Chief David Ulmen said.

Multiple agencies, including the Waseca County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota State Patrol, and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, were at the scene evaluating the incident.

Waseca police officers and Waseca County sheriff’s deputies located the vehicle in connection to the shooting on County Road 14 between Janesville and Waseca. Authorities took the two occupants of the vehicle into custody without incident, while also recovering a handgun.

“It is a matter of going back and interviewing all of our witnesses that we have identified and putting it all together in a report,” Ulmen added. “This is a very isolated incident for Janesville. This is a very safe community, I can say that none of these people involved were from Janesville.”

The two suspects, whose names have not been released, are currently in the Waseca County Jail on probable cause attempted murder and aiding and abetting murder. Both men are expected to make their initial court appearances later this week.

The Janesville Police Department says that no other suspects are being sought and that there is no ongoing threat to the public.

The investigation into the incident remains ongoing, with investigators also working to understand the relationship between the shooter and the victim.

Investigators are also asking that anyone who captured video of the incident contact the Waseca County Dispatch at (507) 835-0500. Information and video can be provided anonymously.

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