Albert Lea, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Albert Lea Police Department is asking for the public’s help in its search for a shooting suspect.

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Officers responded to a report of a man with a gun in the 1300 block of Louis Street Sunday. As officers arrived in the area they heard a gunshot and saw an individual running east from Louis Street. Authorities said that officers tried to follow the individual but they were unable to locate him.

The Albert Lea Police Department identified the suspect as 19-year-old Javen Moreno.

Javen Moreno - Photo from Albert Lea Police Department
Javen Moreno - Photo from Albert Lea Police Department

The area was searched further with the assistance of the Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office K-9 team, but Moreno was not found. He was last seen in the 1200 block of Dunham Street.

Once officers arrived at the scene of the shooting, they located a 34-year-old man with a gunshot wound in the lower extremities outside of the residence. The victim was transported to the Mayo Clinic Hospital Systems in Albert Lea.

The police department believes this is an isolated incident and does not believe that there is an ongoing threat to public safety.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with any information on Moreno’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Albert Lea Police Department at 507-377-5200. Police said that Moreno is believed to be armed with a handgun and should be considered dangerous.

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