Public safety

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Shakopee police Wednesday arrested two Bloomington men in connection with an attempted robbery Tuesday night that resulted in gunfire at the Walmart store in Shakopee.

The men are 20 and 21 years of age, according to police, who said no other suspects are being sought in connection with the incident.

A Craigslist cell phone sale turned into an armed-robbery attempt and resulted in gunfire at the Walmart parking lot Tuesday about 6:38 p.m. There were no injuries reported.

A man met a potential buyer for a cell phone in the entry of the Walmart store when the buyer grabbed the phone and ran into the parking lot, according to Shakopee Police Chief Jeff Tate. As the victim ran after him, the would-be robber pulled a handgun from his waistband. In response, the victim took out a handgun, for which he has a permit, and fired multiple rounds, said Tate.

The would-be robber escaped in a gray or silver Chevrolet Venture van. The van was occupied by two African American males, Tate said.

The incident occurred near the garden center entrance to the store, at 8101 Old Carriage Court in the Southbridge shopping area on the east side of the city. The entrance typically has fewer customers at this time of year.

The store was in lockdown for 15 to 20 minutes to protect customers, said Tate.

“Fortunately, no one was injured,” said Tate.

Tate said there were multiple shots fired by the victim, although the exact number has not been determined. The would-be robber apparently did not fire his gun, he added.

Police viewed store video to help identify the suspects and van. Several law enforcement agencies responded along with Shakopee police.

Police ask that anyone with information about the incident to call 952-233-9400.

Tate emphasized that anyone conducting a sale through social media sites such as Craigslist should use the lobby or parking lot of the police station as a safe transaction point. His department has offered the service for a couple of years and has a designated area in the parking lot for transactions and cameras for security.

“A lot of police departments offer this and this is exactly why,” said Tate.