Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)- One man is in custody in connection to an after-hours shooting at a Rochester park. 

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Rochester Police Captain Casey Moilanen said the shooting occurred around 2:15 Sunday morning. An officer in the area heard the sound of gunshots and drove towards the area. 

The shooting occurred in Essex Park in northwest Rochester. The officer saw a vehicle exiting the park and initiated a traffic stop at the intersection of 55th St. Northwest and West River Dr. 

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The lone occupant of the vehicle is identified as 20-year-old Thout Aguek of Rochester. The officer who initiated the traffic stop reported seeing a handgun magazine sticking out from under the vehicle’s passenger seat, Moilanen said. 

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A further search of the vehicle revealed a 9mm handgun, spent shell casings and live rounds of ammo scattered throughout the vehicle, according to the report. Officers canvassed the park and did not find any gunshot victims. 

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The park does have an archery range and is known to have several deer. Aguek was arrested on suspicion of reckless discharge of a firearm and illegal transportation of a loaded firearm. 

Moilanen said Aguek could also face charges in connection with several open alcoholic bottles officers saw in the vehicle and for being in a city park after hours. 

Aguek declined to give a statement following his arrest. He is awaiting arraignment in the Olmsted County Jail.

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