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Shocking Viral Video Shows Alleged Burnsville Shooter Shannon Cortez Gooden’s Chilling Target Practice – Burnsville, MN – On February 18, a viral video surfaced allegedly showing Shannon Cortez Gooden, the perpetrator of a deadly shooting in Burnsville, Minnesota, doing target practice and making disturbing statements.


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Background on the Burnsville Shooting Incident

In the early morning hours of February 18, two police officers and one paramedic from the Burnsville Police Department and Fire Department were shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance call.

The victims have been identified as officers Paul Elmstrand, 27, and Matthew Ruge, 27, as well as paramedic Adam Finseth, 40. Another officer, Sgt. Adam Medlicott, was injured but is expected to survive.

The shooter, identified as Shannon Cortez Gooden, 38, barricaded himself inside a home with a woman and seven children ages 2-15. After a standoff lasting several hours, Gooden opened fire on police and then killed himself.

Alleged Video of Shannon Cortez Gooden Doing Target Practice

On Sunday morning, a video surfaced on Twitter that allegedly shows Shannon Cortez Gooden doing target practice in a garage.

In the video, a man identified by posters as Gooden is seen firing a rifle at targets. The man in the video makes concerning statements, saying he is picturing a “white person” when shooting and referring to a woman off-camera as “expendable.”

The video quickly went viral after being shared on Twitter, garnering tens of thousands of views. Many users claimed the man was Shannon Cortez Gooden and that the video provided insight into his motivations.

Reaction to the Viral Shannon Cortez Gooden Video

The alleged video of Shannon Cortez Gooden sparked outrage and debate on social media platforms.

Many Twitter users condemned the racist language used in the video and expressed anger that Gooden was able to obtain firearms despite his criminal record.

According to reports, Gooden was previously convicted of felony assault in 2008. In 2020, he petitioned to have his gun rights restored.

Other Twitter users cautioned that the man’s identity had not been definitively confirmed as Shannon Cortez Gooden and that people should refrain from speculation.

Confirming the Identity of the Man in the Viral Video

While the man in the video bears a strong resemblance to photos of Shannon Cortez Gooden, law enforcement has not yet confirmed whether he is definitively the shooter.

Investigators with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are likely examining the video as part of their ongoing investigation into the shooting.

Facial recognition technology could potentially be used to analyze the video and confirm if the man is indeed Shannon Cortez Gooden. This has not been reported at this time.

Impact on the Burnsville Community

The shooting has left the city of Burnsville reeling, with hundreds gathering for vigils honoring the fallen first responders.

Burnsville Police Chief Tanya Schwartz called it “a hard day” and said the three victims “made the ultimate sacrifice for this community. They are heroes.”

The loss of the officers and paramedic has been felt deeply by their families, coworkers, and the citizens they served. Investigators are working diligently to piece together the circumstances that led to this tragic outcome.

The alleged target practice video provides insight into the mindset of Shannon Cortez Gooden, though his motivations may never be fully understood.

While the community mourns, Burnsville authorities remain committed to supporting the victims’ loved ones and pursuing justice through a thorough investigation.

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