Thursday, 15 December 2011

Minnesota Courthouse Shooting: 3 Injured In Courthouse Shooting, Suspect In Custody

GRAND MARAIS, Minn. -- A local prosecutor is among three people who were injured during a shooting inside a northern Minnesota courthouse.

A hospital spokeswoman says Cook County prosecutor Timothy Scannell was being treated for gunshot wounds Thursday evening at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth. Spokeswoman Beth Johnson says Scannell is in stable condition.

Scannell and two other people were shot earlier Thursday at the Cook County courthouse in Grand Marais (muh-RAY'), a small town near the Canadian border. Authorities say a suspect was quickly taken into custody, though no other details about the shootings have been released.

Another victim also is hospitalized, while the third victim has been treated and released from a local hospital.

Scannell was the prosecuting attorney in a trial this week involving a man accused of criminal sexual conduct.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

Three people were shot and injured inside a small northern Minnesota courthouse on Thursday, and a suspect was quickly taken into custody, authorities said.

Gunfire was reported around 4 p.m. at the Cook County Courthouse in Grand Marais, a town about 110 miles northeast of Duluth, State Public Safety spokesman Doug Neville said. No details have been released about the suspect or victims, though no other suspects were being sought.he two-story courthouse, which has just one courtroom, has no metal detectors and visitors aren't searched when they enter the building, Cook County Commissioner Fritz Sobanja said.

"As far as I know, there's no checking for knives or any of that stuff," Sobanja said.

The only proceeding on Thursday's court calendar was a jury trial that began Monday for Daniel Sidney Schlienz, who had been charged with criminal sexual conduct and nonconsensual sex contact. A phone message left at Schlienz's home wasn't immediately returned.

Grand Marais is a town of about 1,300 residents along the shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota's far northeastern tip, near the Canadian border.

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