A shot was fired about 3:40 p.m. yesterday afternoon near Saint Mary’s University’s Winona Campus. According to the Winona Police Department, five male individuals involved remain in custody. They are not Saint Mary’s students or employees. The Winona police have also recovered the gun that was used.
According to police, the shot was fired into the air and was the result of an altercation about a drug interaction that did involve a Saint Mary’s student. No other Saint Mary’s students were targeted, and no one was injured in the incident. Notifications were sent to Winona Campus students, faculty, and staff, alerting them to the situation and letting them know there was no further danger.
Saint Mary’s administration continues to investigate this incident, and for the safety and privacy of this student, we will not release further information. Because drugs were involved, this incident is being taken very seriously.
We continue to work closely with the Winona Police Department, and the university continues to have a heightened Campus Safety presence into today for the comfort and peace of mind of the university community.
Student safety is our primary concern at Saint Mary’s, and the Office of Campus Safety continues to be a 24-hour resource for students. Additionally, guns are not permitted on any Saint Mary’s University campus, and we will continue to strictly enforce that rule.