Three people shot dead at Minnesota day care, gunman still on the loose

Nearby college locked down as police look for suspect who fled on bicycle

Image via flickr Brandon Anderson.

Police are still searching for a gunman after at least three people were shot dead at an in-home day care in a Minneapolis suburb Monday morning.

All of the victims were adults and it is unclear whether children were present at the time of the murder.

Inspector Todd Milburn told reporters that the crime was committed at 6:30 a.m. by a man in his mid-20s who fled on a bicycle. He did not say the names of the victims.

Police advised neighbors and students at nearby Hennepin Technical College to stay inside as the gunman was still on the loose. The Star Tribune reported that several officers and police dogs were hunting for the suspect.

Hakeem Hughes, an 18-year-old student who lives in the neighborhood, told the Associated Press that he heard a scream come from the day care around 6:30 a.m. but didn’t think much of it as children often played outside the house. Police asked him to return home for safety reasons as he waited at his school bus stop this morning.

“I’m just shocked about it,” Hughes said. “They are good people. They are innocent people.”

The in-home business, Visions and Butterflies Child Care, is licensed to DeLois Brown, 59, and is permitted to care for up to 12 children.