3 injured in Cook Co. courthouse shooting

6:49 AM, Dec 16, 2011   |    comments
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GRAND MARAIS, Minn. -- 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.

Neville also didn't immediately know what may have led to the shootings. Two of victims are being treated at a local hospital, while the third has been taken to Duluth, he said.

The 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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