FBI: 3 shot at Red Lake; no arrests as of Wednesday nightThe FBI is leading the search for a Redby, Minn., man wanted in connection with the shooting of three people Wednesday on the Red Lake Indian Reservation northwest of Bemidji. One victim may have died in the incident.
By: Stephen J. Lee, Grand Forks Herald
The FBI is leading the search for a Redby, Minn., man wanted in connection with the shooting of three people Wednesday on the Red Lake Indian Reservation northwest of Bemidji. One victim may have died in the incident.
Ralph Boelter, special agent in charge of the Minneapolis FBI office, told reporters the shooting happened around 3 p.m. Wednesday.
A Beltrami County Sheriff’s spokesman confirmed that Donald Lee Clark, 22, Redby, is being sought on the reservation in connection with the shootings.
The three victims were taken to Red Lake Union Health Services for treatment, according to The Associated Press. An employee there said no information could be released.
An employee of a convenience store in Red Lake said the shooting happened in Redby, about five miles from Red Lake. She said she knows two of the victims of the shooting and that one of them, an adult man, has died.
Others in Redby said they were told, too, that one of the men had died.
“This is a small town,” said one resident who asked not to be named.
Sara King says she was in the Redby store Wednesday at about 3 p.m. when she saw Clark drive by in a large SUV or pickup truck. She then heard and saw police vehicles drive by, headed toward where she lives a couple blocks from the store. She headed over there and saw two men lying, bloody, on the street, about a block from her home.
There was a long gun lying in the street.
“I stumbled over the gun,” King said.
People were helping the two men who had apparently been shot, King said.
“They were both moving. They were hollering, because people were putting them on a stretcher and they were hurting,” King said.
A third man was in a nearby vehicle that had its back window shot out and was trying to get out, but couldn’t until police assisted him, King said.
One of the men at the scene used her cell phone to call the parents of the wounded men, King said.
Several people told the Herald that all three victims of the shootings were brothers. King said she didn’t know how seriously the men were hurt or if one had died.
The FBI says suspects are still at large and no arrests have been made.
Agents were in a briefing Wednesday night about the shooting but no information was released after it, an FBI spokesman said.
The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office said it had no information to release Wednesday night, except that the FBI was investigating the shooting.
A dispatcher at the Red Lake tribal police and public safety office said late Wednesday that no information was being released because the investigation was ongoing. But a news release would be issued today, the dispatcher said.
Clark has a history of drug violations and drunk driving in Beltrami County, according to state court records.
In December, he was sentenced to 30 days in jail in Bemidji for a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession and accompanying driving violations and fleeing a police officer.
The case stemmed from April 2009 when he fled deputies across the boundary of the reservation and was arrested later that day.
He also was put on probation in the December sentencing for four years and fined about $1,000, with about half of it stayed.
Clark had lost his driving privileges in 2005.
In August, a warrant was issued for Clark for violating probation on the 2009 charges.
From court records, it appears his unpaid fines were sent to a collections agency last summer and were due Wednesday.
The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office and the Red Lake tribal police are assisting in the investigation.
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