2 arrested in connection to Austin shooting

Authorities say 4 shots were fired after a man allegedly had his car stolen.

Posted: Jan 9, 2018 9:26 AM
Updated: Jan 9, 2018 8:49 PM

AUSTIN, Minn. – Austin police say two people have been arrested in connection to a shooting Sunday night around 11:15 p.m.
Police say 32-year-old Christopher Coleman is being held in the Mower County Jail for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Also arrested was his 35-year-old girlfriend, Samantha Bennett, who is being charged with aiding an offender.
Police say officers were flagged down by Coleman that night who said his 2004 Monte Carlo was stolen. Officers set up a parameter and found four 9mm casings at 105 2nd St.
Officers later found the car running unoccupied at an apartment complex at 200 1st St. SE. The car was shot several times and they found shell casings inside with the rear window shattered.
A witness said they saw two black males running from the area. A search warrant was obtained and the gun was found in the common laundry room at the apartment complex.
Bennett allegedly told officers that Coleman gave her the gun and told her to hide it.

The area where shots were fired was right by the local post office. Jason Berning, the post master, said he's not surprised these events happened in the neighborhood as he often sees a lot of police activity.

"There's a lot of business surrounding here and there's a lot of good people here too," Berning said, "but like I said you do see a lot of police activity and it does give the impression that you know there's some bad stuff going on on occasion."

Berning said it's concerning when incidents like this happen so close to such a busy public place.

"Nobody likes to hear of a shooting, but I know it happens on occasion," Berning said. "You know there's been police shootings and you know different things so it's a bigger city. I mean it's not a small town so things are going to happen I imagine."

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