By John Lauritsen

By John Lauritsen, WCCO-TV

CHASKA, Minn. (WCCO) — Chaska police said an act of carelessness caused a loaded handgun to be left just feet away from a day care center earlier in April.

The serial number on the handgun was traced back to a Shakopee man, who told police that he thought the gun was stolen out of his truck in December. However, the man never reported it stolen, and police didn’t buy his story.

“I guess the circumstances suggest that it most likely fell out of his vehicle,” said Capt. Jon Kehrberg of the Chaska Police Department. “It was uncased, loaded, underneath his seat, so I’d say the circumstances suggest it fell out and was pushed up into a snow bank.”

The gun was found on April 5 by David Granlund, who was walking his dog near a Dairy Queen and a child care facility when he noticed something shiny in the grass.

“It looked like a child’s handgun,” Granlund said.

Indeed, it was a gun, but not a child’s.

“Like a fool, I bent over and looked at it and I happened to pick it up. And when I turned it over and saw that it had hollow-point bullets in the chamber, I put it right back down and called police,” Granlund said.

Granlund said he feels lucky it didn’t fall into the wrong hands.

Police said the gun owner did not tell them why he had a loaded gun in his truck. However, Kehrberg said the gun owner did not break any laws in this situation.

Kehrberg added that if people come across a weapon like this in the public, they should not touch the gun and call police immediately.

Comments (6)
  1. Bob says:

    Help, gun control worked, they tracked it back to the owner. Just what do you think gun control is ??? What expections do you have ??? You make no sense .

  2. A says:

    One guy loses a gun and we have to “control all the idiots”? You’re an idiot.

  3. AJ says:

    Daycare kids don’t go running around the block digging in snowbanks with no supervision. The likelihood of a daycare kid finding this gun is astronomical. They get dropped off and picked up by their parents. The mere mention of the daycare is just sensationalism.

    1. m says:

      Exactly. Not to mention the fact that Near could mean 1 mile.

  4. Dairy Queen? says:

    Dairy Queen? Is there a DQ in Chaska? Where?

  5. Code0017 says:

    DQ is near 41 & Pioneer Trail. I also wouldn’t worry much about the Daycare kids but, I would worry about the high school kids that frequent that DQ. DQ is less than a 1/4 mile from the high school and middle school and I see teens in DQ during lunch and dinner times alot.

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