Sheriff’s office investigating May 21 Lake Elmo shooting

The Washington County sheriff’s office is currently investigating a shooting that occurred around 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, in Lake Elmo.

A motorist called 911 to report that her passenger had been shot near the intersection of state Highway 36 and Highland Trail.

The 38-year-old male victim, a St. Paul resident, is in stable condition at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, according to Commander Brian Mueller. Authorities have not released his name.

Mueller said the shooting did not appear to be a random incident. “We believe the individuals involved were known to each other, so there is no threat to the public.”

Police intend to interview “several other individuals,” Mueller said. They believe the altercation involved one or two other vehicles.

The driver who summoned police, Lisa Hackwith, 27, of St. Paul was reportedly arrested later that evening after officers said they discovered methamphetamine and marijuana in her room at the Extended Stay hotel in Woodbury. She has been charged with fifth-degree drug possession.

Mueller said investigators were led to believe the hotel room was tied in with the investigation, which prompted the search.

The sheriff’s office would not release additional information about the shooting, as it is an ongoing investigation.

— Johanna Holu

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