By Rachel Kytonen/Isanti County News—
A 71-year-old man is facing felony assault charges stemming from a shooting in Isanti over the weekend as the result of an alleged road rage incident.
On Saturday, Sept. 29, at approximately 4:05 p.m., the Isanti Police Department received a call of a fight that was taking place in the east parking lot of the Isanti Police Department.
According to the press release by the Isanti Police Department, as officers were walking out of the police department, they heard a gunshot. Once outside, a male victim was found to have been shot in the face with handgun. The victim was alert and conscious and subsequently flown to a Twin Cities hospital.
Isanti Police Chief Ron Sager said Monday morning the investigation is ongoing, and witnesses are still being interviewed by law enforcement.
Chief Sager said the incident appears to have started from road rage just north of Isanti as a motorcyclist and motor vehicle were travelling southbound on Hwy. 65.
Chief Sager, who was appointed acting chief in 1997 and officially appointed in 1998, said shootings in the city of Isanti are rare.
“Not counting self-inflicted gun shots, I believe this would be only the second shooting in the history of Isanti,” Chief Sager said. “I also grew up in Isanti, and can’t recall any other shootings besides this one over the weekend, and one other one.”
Chief Sager said there weren’t any officers involved in the shooting, and the police station is closed to the public over the weekends.
“There happened to be an officer at the police station at the time, so we were able to immediately respond to the scene,” Chief Sager said.
Chief Sager said the male victim’s name will be released at a later time.
The suspect was taken into custody without incident and was booked into Isanti County Jail. The suspect will make his first appearance in Isanti County District Court on Tuesday, Oct. 2. The Isanti County News will publish his name after he is formally charged.
Isanti Police Department was assisted by the Isanti County Sheriff’s Office, Cambridge Police Department, Isanti Fire Department, Isanti County Safety & Rescue, Minnesota State Patrol, Isanti Police Reserves and Allina Ambulance.