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Three teenagers were arrested on murder charges Sunday, hours after a 27-year-old man was shot and killed in Red Wing.

Red Wing police Chief Tim Sletten said the victim, Joel Rafael Diaz Albelo, was found at 12:31 a.m. in the 600 block of North Park Street with a single gunshot wound to the chest.

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He was pronounced dead after being transported to Fairview Red Wing Medical Center.

Three suspects were arrested Sunday afternoon in connection with the murder: Marvin Todd Griffith, 19, Red Wing; William Jamar Lawton, 19, 289 Frenn Ave.; and a 16-year-old boy from Zumbrota.

All three are being held on suspicion of second-degree intentional homicide. The juvenile suspect was taken to Minnesota Correctional Facility-Red Wing.

Sletten said the three suspects planned to rob Albelo -- who drove the vehicle he was later found shot in -- but that someone outside the vehicle fired a single shot at him during a drug deal.

Sletten would not say Monday who the suspected shooter was.

The suspects fled the scene after the shooting, Sletten said. Albelo, 27, was able to drive a short distance after the shooting, with a passenger manning the steering wheel, according to initial police reports.

Nobody else inside the vehicle was injured, authorities said.

The shooting took place in the 300 block of an alley between Bush and Plum streets. The vehicle was found about one block from the Goodhue County Law Enforcement Center, where both county authorities and police are housed.

The murder sent shockwaves throughout Red Wing on the frigid morning, with curious onlookers and churchgoers pausing at the sight of law enforcement vehicles surrounding the scene on North Park Street.

"It's definitely disappointing," Mayor Donna Dummer said Monday. "I think we're all surprised."

The last murder in Red Wing was in the early 1990s, according to R-E files, and resulted in the conviction of William Auchampach Jr., who killed his girlfriend.

Authorities on Sunday scoured an area from North Park and Plum streets between Sixth and Seventh streets during the initial investigation. Agencies involved included Red Wing police, the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Minnesota State Patrol.

"It is disturbing that something like this happened," Sletten said after being asked about the murder site's proximity to local authorities' headquarters. "This is not a usual event that happens in Red Wing."

Griffith was taken into custody Sunday afternoon in the 1400 block of West Fourth Street. Sletten said Monday he did not know where the other two suspects were apprehended.

A search warrant was executed for a residence in the 300 block of West Seventh Street, he said, but no one was arrested in the search. Police have executed search warrants at that residence in the past, Sletten said.

Sletten said he did not know when formal charges would be filed, but said police have been in contact with county prosecutors since Sunday.

According to court documents, Griffith has previous convictions for disorderly conduct and underage drinking; Lawton for driving without a valid license and no proof of insurance.

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