Mankato police say it was a safe weekend surrounding the MSU Homecoming, although officers were kept busy with underage drinkers and reports of gunshots.
Commander Dan Schisel says there were three weapons complaints, where people reported hearing what they thought were gunshots. Despite those calls and rumors of an “active shooter,” police found no evidence to substantiate any of those reports.
Schisel says among those who thought they heard gunshots were two 20-year-old men who then went and allegedly got their own guns for protection. Schisel says a witness reported seeing the two crouching by some bushes and that it appeared they were loading their guns. Police were called to the scene in the 1900 block of Warren Avenue and arrested the men for not having the proper permitting.
Schisel says the two 20-year-olds, Kollin Joines of North Mankato and Colin Furh of Redwood Falls, were also drinking and made a “poor decision.” Formal charges are pending.
Mankato police also report that between Friday and Saturday nights, officers ticketed around 120 people for underage consumption and handed out 13 social host citations for those who allowed underage drinkers at their residences.