A man died Friday afternoon following a shooting that is believed to be the city's first homicide of 2020.
Rochester Police Lt. Craig Anderson said police were called just after 2 p.m. to The Quarters Apartment Complex, 832 21st Ave. SE. Initial information was that several gunshots had been heard and a subject was seen running from the area.
Witnesses reported the shots came from or near a vehicle in the Quarters at Rochester parking lot in the 800 block of 21st Avenue Southeast.
When officers arrived, they located a white male deceased in the parking lot, Capt. Casey Moilanen said in a press release. It appeared the person had been shot. Officers attempted lifesaving efforts, but he was unable to be revived and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers from the police department, Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota State Patrol joined in a search for the suspected shooter.
“We believed that we had at least a possible suspect that fled on foot, and we proceeded to search the area, bring in dogs. We eventually ended up catching up with somebody that we believe is a person of interest and they are in custody,” Anderson said.
At 2:51 p.m., officers located and arrested Robert Bryant Salley Jr., 18, of Rochester. He is being held in lieu of charges of second-degree murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm, Moilanen said.
The victim was described as a 24-year-old male. His identity is not being released until family has been notified.
None of the subjects involved in the incident are believed to be current students at nearby Rochester Community and Technical College. However, RCTC’s proximity prompted the college to send out a notice on Twitter at 3:05 p.m.
“This afternoon (approximately 2 p.m.) Rochester Police responded to a report of shots fired at an apartment complex near campus. We have word from RPD that the suspect is in custody and there is no danger to campus,” the tweet read.
At 3:55 p.m., the college tweeted again about the incident.
“RPD confirmed with the College there was a fatality in the shooting incident which occurred at an off-campus apartment complex. Again, a suspect was taken into custody and there is no danger to campus,” the tweet read.
3:55PM Update:— RCTC Rochester MN (@RochesterCTC) January 10, 2020
RPD confirmed with the College there was a fatality in the shooting incident which occurred at an off-campus apartment complex. Again, a suspect was taken into custody and there is no danger to campus.
We will continue to update as information becomes available.