One injured in shooting at Oakdale movie theater

Updated: 12:15 p.m.

One person was injured by gunfire Tuesday night inside a movie theater in the eastern Twin Cities metro area.

The Oakdale Police Department said officers were called to a report of a shooting at the Marcus Oakdale Cinema, on Hadley Avenue North near Interstate 694 and Highway 36, just after 10 p.m.

Officers found a 23-year-old Hugo man wounded inside one of the cinema's theaters. He was taken to Regions Hospital. Authorities said he underwent surgery and is expected to recover. There were no reports of other injuries.

Oakdale police said a suspect reportedly fled the scene on foot.

"The suspect is still at large, but we do not believe this to be a random act," police said in an updated news release issued just before noon Wednesday.

Witnesses who spoke to KARE 11 described a chaotic scene after the gunfire, with authorities evacuating people from the cinema.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is assisting Oakdale police and neighboring agencies in the investigation. Oakdale police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact the department through Washington County Dispatch at (651) 439-9381.

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