2 teens shot at Cinco De Mayo festival

8:31 AM, May 10, 2010   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minneapolis police say two groups of people started shooting at each other Sunday afternoon during a popular Cinco De Mayo Festival on Lake Street, sending two teens to the hospital.

Sgt. Bill Palmer says one of the teens was hit in the chest and is at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) with "life-threatening injuries."

Palmer says the other teen was hit in the foot and lower leg and is at HCMC with non-life threatening injuries.

"Lot of people out here.  The only people that were struck were the people involved, the way it looks.  We had two rival gang members shot," Sgt. Dan McShane said at the scene.

Wendy Bonete and her mother were working at their store, Variedades Sandy, when they heard the shots.

"All of the sudden we hear gunshots, about six I think.  I looked outside the window and I saw that people were running (and then) I heard some yelling," she recalled.

Police at the scene said they had a couple of "persons of interest" in custody, but they were still looking for suspects Sunday afternoon.  Investigators have not released a description of the suspect or suspects they are looking for.

Bonete was upset those teens ruined what started out to be a great gathering.  "It kind of disrespects it because people are out here tyring to have fun and celebrating then you have all these gunshots," she said.

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