SARTELL -- Police are investigating a shooting outside a strip mall off Pine Cone Road in Sartell that happened just before noon.

Sartell Police Chief Jim Hughes says a news release will be issued later this afternoon and would not confirm or deny reports of a shooting outside the Sprint Store in Sartell.

But CentraCare Health spokeswoman Deb Paul tells WJON News,

"At approximately noon today, a car pulled into the Prairie  West parking lot at CentraCare Health Plaza. The driver ran into the Health Plaza seeking assistance for his adult passenger, who was a gunshot victim. The victim was transported to St. Cloud Hospital’s Emergency Trauma Center by ambulance. The shooting did not occur on Plaza property."

Paul says the victim is listed in critical condition.

The Sartell-St. Stephen school district has sent out an alert to parents today that says, "as a precautionary measure, we will be securing our facilities and keeping students inside the building during school hours".

WJON reporter Ashli Gerdes -- reporting from the Sartell Sprint store in the Pinecone Marketplace -- said for a time, police had cordoned-off an area at a strip mall area off Pinecone Road from Great Clips to the Swim School. That area has since been re-opened.

This story is still developing so check back soon for details as they unfold this afternoon.


Police respond to CentraCare Health Plaza in Sartell where awounded man was dropped-off during the noon hour.  PHOTO:  Steve Lahr, Townsquare Media
A strip mall off Pinecone Road in Sartell is cordoned off as police investigate a shooting. PHOTO: Ashli Gerdes, WJON News
Police investigate shooting outside Sartell Sprint Store, March 13, 2014. PHOTO: Ashli Gerdes, WJON News
Police confer outside the Sprint Store in Sartell, the scene of what is believed to be a shooting just before noon, March 13, 2014. PHOTO: Ashli Gerdes, WJON News