Construction worker shot twice on Highway 110 in Mendota Heights
MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. (KMSP) -
A construction worker was shot twice by bullet-like projectiles while working on a closed lane of Minnesota State Highway 110 in Mendota Heights on Wednesday.
Chad Eken's wallet stopped one of the projectiles, and he said he felt something hit his backside before feeling a pain in his left arm.
X-ray images suggest the metal -- which is still embedded in his left elbow -- is a bullet, but doctors thought it would be safer to leave it in than to remove it. That means investigators can't be certain what kind of projectile it was.
Following treatment at Fairview Southdale Hospital, Eken returned to work by the afternoon.
Lt. Eric Roeske of the Minnesota State Patrol said that was initially unclear whether the rounds were fired from a gun of some type -- BB, pellet or firearm -- or just debris kicked up by a jackhammer in use.
Investigators have no witnesses or information regarding a suspect. It is unclear which direction they fired from. All road crew members were wearing ear protection, preventing them from hearing any gunshots.