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Drive-by shooting reported in Osakis

A drive-by shooting is believed to have happened in Osakis early Tuesday morning, March 5.

At 2:05 a.m.,  two people approached an on-duty police officer and reported hearing noises that sounded like five to seven gun shots in the area of 46 West Main Street and saw a vehicle with two people inside. The officer responded to the area within minutes but didn't find anything suspicious.

The next morning, an officer followed up on the complaint and found numerous bullet holes in a window and door of an apartment building at 46 West Main Street.

The shots came from the alley between the bike/snowmobile trail and the apartment building, according to the Osakis Police Department.

The apartment had been occupied at the time of the shooting, but none of the occupants had been awoken or were injured from the incident, police said.

Evidence was collected at the scene and will be sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for analysis.

The Osakis Police Department believes this is not a random incident and there is no ongoing threat to the public.

"We are actively following up on leads and the investigation continues," said Police Chief Chad Gulbranson.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting should call the OPD at 320-859-2550.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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