While complete details of the incident have not yet been released, Authorities did put a post on the police departments Facebook page saying that â€œearly indications are that the shooting stems from an attempted robbery.â€ At some point guns were drawn and both men fired at each other. The post of the Brooklyn Park Police department went on to say that; â€œUpon arrival, officers located one adult male in the area who was deceased from an apparent gunshot wound,â€
Investigators at the scene recovered both guns at the scene. They have not released the identity of the deceased man or the man who shot him. Police said that currently there are no charges pending in the case, but they are waiting for the final report from the investigators. A spokesman did tell reporters that one of the men, was a customer and currently appears to hold a valid concealed carry license and he was able to return fire from the robber striking and killing him. The incident occurred Tuesday night.
Deputy Police Chief Mark Bruley toldÂ The Minneapolis Star TribuneÂ that the man who died â€œgoes back and forth between Brooklyn Park and Minneapolis. Heâ€™s an individual weâ€™ve known from previous contact. He certainly hangs out around here.â€ In addition, police said no arrests have been made and authorities are not seeking additional suspects.
There are more than 221,000 active gun-permit holders in Minnesota, including 20,000 whoâ€™ve registered in the past six months, according to data received by The Star Tribune, from state officials.
â€œA loss of life is a tragedy,â€ State Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, wrote to The Star Tribune. â€œBut when a criminal pulls a gun, they risk ending their life. Concealed carry works.â€
Currently many states have a reciprocity agreement which allows CCW holders of one state to carry their weapons in other states. At the present time, that group consists of 27 states.
The Star Tribune contributed to this report.
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