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Gunshots fired at Buddhist temple
Hastings Minnesota 745 Spiral Boulevard 55033

There were gunshots fired but no injuries when an argument apparently got out of hand Saturday afternoon at the Cambodian Buddhist Temple in Hampton.

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Initial investigation suggests the incident may be gang related, Dakota County chief deputy Dave Bellows said.

The incident took place around 3:30 p.m. during a New Year's festival attended by about 2,000 people. At least two people exchanged gunfire in a parking area just west of the temple. According to Bellows there were eight to 10 gunshots fired, but nobody was hit. Several cars were damaged.

Three or four deputies were working the festival as off-duty security and were called to the parking lot immediately.

Bellows said there was not a large crowd in the parking lot when the shooting occurred but there were people nearby.

"It's extremely fortunate that nobody was hit given the number of rounds fired and the number of people at the festival," Bellows said.

A 29-year-old man was taken into custody following the incident and is currently in the Dakota County Jail awaiting charges.

Dakota County Sheriff's deputies are looking for additional suspects.

Anyone with information should call the Dakota County Sheriff's Department at 651-438-4720 or the TIPs phone line at 651-438-TIPS (8477).

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