A mother who had a suspicious feeling after she dropped off her toddler at a home day care Monday returned to the house a few minutes later to make a grisly discovery: three adults inside, shot dead.
The woman's child was unhurt and no other children were at the day care at the time. Police had made no arrests by Monday evening and were seeking a suspect in his mid-20s, believed to have fled on a BMX bicycle.
"It's a tragic day for the city of Brooklyn Park," Brooklyn Park Police Chief Michael Davis said. "We are going to bring whoever is responsible for this to justice."
Two nearby community colleges were locked down for several hours after the shootings were reported at 6:30 a.m. Both re-opened, after police spent the day canvassing the area and using police dogs to search for the suspect.
The day care, called Visions and Butterflies Child Care, is licensed to care for as many as 12 children. DeLois Brown, 59, is listed in state records as the license holder in good standing, with no adverse rulings or restrictions. The license is valid through February 2013.
No one responded to a call to the home Monday afternoon.
Police did not release the identities of the victims or the woman who found them.
Police Inspector Todd Milburn said the mother dropped off her child at the house and spoke with someone there. As she was leaving, she saw a man near the house on foot, and something about him raised her suspicions.
"There was some reason for her to call back to the home," Milburn said.
The woman called the day care and was talking to someone at the house when the line went dead, Milburn said. She returned to the home and found three people had been shot. She grabbed her child and called 911. Police confirmed the victims were dead when they arrived.
No one else was inside the home when the woman returned, Milburn said.
Police said they had no information on how many children were cared for at the home.