3 shot dead in Brooklyn Park day care; suspect sought

10:38 PM, Apr 9, 2012   |    comments
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  • Police say the suspect wore a jacket similar to the one pictured.

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. - Three people are dead after a triple shooting at a residential child care center near the Brooklyn Park campus of Hennepin Technical College Monday morning.

Police were called to the 8100 block of College Park Drive around 6:30 a.m. on a report of suspicious activity and discovered three victims inside the home.

Police say a woman dropped her daughter off at the home Monday morning. Several minutes later, she called 911 to report some suspicious activity in the area of the home. The woman then called the day care and while on the phone, the call ended abruptly. The woman returned to the day care, found the three victims and called 911 again.

The three victims are described as adults. Names and ages of the victims have not been released.

Witnesses describe seeing a suspect fleeing the scene. Police say they are looking for one suspect described as a thin black male in his mid-20s who was last seen on a BMX bike wearing blue jeans and a navy blue sweatshirt with a gray hood and two one-inch stripes down the back.

Records kept by the state Department of Human Services show the residential child care center was licensed for up to 12 children. The license holder, Delois Brown, was working under a license that would expire in February 2013. There were no indications of adverse rulings affecting the day care nor any special restrictions.

Anyone with information is asked to call Brooklyn Park police at (763) 493-8222. Brooklyn Park Police Chief Michael Davis said a $10,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the capture and arrest of the suspect.

The Brooklyn Park Police Department and the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department are searching the area for suspects. Sky 11 is helping officials with the search as all State Patrol helicopters are at a wildfire in northern Minnesota.

Officials at Hennepin Tech tell KARE 11 they received a call from police saying there was a shooting in a neighborhood near campus and that the school should be locked down as a precaution.

School spokeswoman Annette Roth says the lockdown was issued Monday at 7:30 a.m. at the suggestion of law enforcement while officers searched the scene. The lockdown was lifted at 1:20 p.m. Roth says classes resumed at 3 p.m.

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