Shakopee Police Seek Public's Help in Downtown Fighting Incident

A report of 15-16 people fighting downtown ended with one man in the hospital.

Shakopee police are seeking the public’s help to find those involved in a brawl downtown that sent one man to the hospital with a serious eye injury.

Police were called at 2:30 a.m. Sunday to a report of 15-16 people fighting on the 100 block of First Avenue East outside and Arne’s Bar, according to Shakopee Police Capt. Chris Dellwo.

A 27-year-old Shakopee man told police he had been walking nearby when he heard an altercation and then heard a woman scream, Dellwo said. The man, who said he was intoxicated, went to intervene and reportedly got punched in the eye.

“I think he was trying to prevent the fight,” Dellwo said. “Due to the severity of the injury, we’re trying to find the people involved.”

The man was taken by ambulance to Hennepin County Medical Center and Dellwo said although police were still waiting for medical reports, the man had undergone surgery on his eye.

Although skirmishes happen in that area once every couple weeks, Dellwo said normally no one is hurt very badly.

Dellwo said the suspects reportedly left the scene in a taxi. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call at (952) 233-9400 and ask for investigations.

Correction: The victim's age was stated incorrectly in the original article. It has been corrected in this version of the story.

cassandra lundgren April 27, 2012 at 03:54 PM
He is strong, but in a lot of pain and has no vision in his left eye....he has had a few surgeries, we are praying he recovers and he regains his sight in that eye. Whoever did this to him obviously knew the kind of pain he was inflicting and to me I believe has hurt others before. I may be wrong but that's a pretty heavy beating for "just a barfight.".
Lisa Baumann April 27, 2012 at 04:56 PM
It certainly sounds like a pretty heavy beating. I'm sorry about your brother's vision and hope it comes back. It has to be very difficult for him and your whole family. Is there anything the community can do? Let us know if there will be any fundraisers or that type of thing. For those of you who might know something – there are ways to leave anonymous tips for police. Check out this story for details - http://patch.com/A-sLYC
cassandra lundgren April 27, 2012 at 08:46 PM
I guess I had the info wrong, my brother had one four hour surgery, and has and will have many doctor visits ahead of him, however as of today they say he has less than 1% chance of ever seeing out of that eye. His loss of sight has caused him to lose his job. He drives taxi, actually for the same company of the cab the suspect got away in. He will never be able to drive commercially again. My mother is working on getting donations towards a reward leading to the conviction of the suspect. No money donated as of yet. My mother won't comment on here but if you would like to talk to her I will give you my email address and then I will email you her number. Cassandrallundgren@gmail.com
cassandra lundgren April 27, 2012 at 08:55 PM
I am working on my Criminal Justice degree, I do believe in Justice, and the Justice system.
Lisa Baumann April 27, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Thanks Cassandra for sharing all of your insight. It certainly helps put into perspective how awful this incident was and it seems to me it's something the community as a whole should be upset about.


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