Victims identified in Red Lake shooting; suspect remains at large
The Red Lake Department of Public Safety today released the names of the victims and the suspect in Wednesday's shootings in Redby, Minn.
The shootings happened at about 3 p.m. in Redby, which is about five miles east of Red Lake on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. According to authorities, upon arrival, officers discovered three victims suffering gunshot wounds. They were identified as Jerrick Demarrias, 19, Julian Demarrias, 22, and Orland Spears, 19. All three victims were transported to the Red Lake Indian Health Service Hospital. One of the victims, Julian Demarrais, died from his wounds, officials said. The other victims remain in critical condition today.
According to what witnesses told authorities and the Herald, the incident involved a Dodge Durango and a black 1988 GMC Yukon with Red Lake license plate 19287. Witnesses said they heard eight to 10 gun shots near the Redby main street and the Yukon was seen speeding away from the scene. The alleged shooter was identified as Donald Clark Jr, 22, who also goes by the name Don Juan, authorities said. Authorities said there may have been more than one shooter.
Authorities said Clark and any other suspects, as well as the black Yukon, have not been located as of noon Thursday and that they should be considered armed and dangerous.
Red Lake police and the FBI also is seeking information on three other individuals: Anthony Morris, Cruz White and Jerrilee Head. Authorities said if you see one of these individuals, you should immediately contact local law enforcement or the Red Lake Department of Public Safety or the Bemidji office of the FBI.
A man who lives nearby and was working outside told the Herald on Wednesday night that he saw and heard the shooting, which he described as a shootout between Clark and three men.
The man, who spoke on condition that his name would not be published, said he knows all four men. He said that Clark had a grudge to settle because the brother who survived had held a gun to Clark's toddler's head.
"When I first heard the shots, I thought it was fireworks," the man told the Herald. "Then I heard other shots and I looked over and seen the two boys (brothers) fall. Then they got back up and started shooting again, a few more shots came and then the (Suburban) sped away."
Clark has several criminal violations on his record, including drug possession 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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