Prosecuting Attorney Shot In Grand Marais Courtroom

Friday, December 16th, 2011 at 7:26 am

Tragedy struck up north yesterday when a gunman opened fire at small courthouse, shooting and injuring the local prosecutor and two other people, according to authorities.

A suspect was quickly taken into custody after the shootings were reported around 4 p.m. at the Cook County Courthouse in Grand Marais, about 2 hours north of Duluth along the North Shore of Lake Superior.

Authorities have identified the suspect as 42-year-old Daniel Schlienz of Grand Marais. He is being held in the Cook County Jail.

Cook County prosecutor Timothy Scannell was undergoing surgery for multiple gunshot wounds Thursday night at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, according to WCCO. Scannell is believed to be in stable condition.

Apparently Schlienz opened fire in the courtroom moments after he was found guilty in a criminal sexual conduct case.

The condition of another victim being treated at the hospital hasn’t been released. The third victim was treated at a Grand Marais hospital and released, Neville said.

The Duluth News Tribune reported that Schlienz had entered an Alford plea in that case in 2007 on charges that he sexually assaulted two 15-year-old girls and one 17-year-old girl. His father told the newspaper that his son later decided to withdraw the plea and fight the charges.

The county’s two-story courthouse, which has just one courtroom, has no metal detectors and visitors aren’t searched when they enter the building.

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