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Old 03-21-2005, 11:50 PM   #1
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10 Dead in Minn. Teen Rampage, Police Say

13 minutes ago U.S. National - AP


By JOSHUA FREED, Associated Press Writer

BEMIDJI, Minn. - A high school student went on a shooting rampage on this Indian reservation Monday, killing his grandparents at their home and then seven people at his school, "grinning and waving" as he fired, authorities and witnesses said. The gunman was later found shot to death.

It was the nation's worst school shooting since the Columbine massacre in 1999.

Students pleaded with the gunman to stop shooting. "You could hear a girl saying, 'No, Jeff, quit, quit. Leave me alone. What are you doing?" Sondra Hegstrom told The Pioneer of Bemidji, using the name of the suspected shooter.

Before the shootings at Red Lake High School, the suspect's grandparents were shot in their home and died later. There was no immediate indication of the gunman's motive.

Six students including the gunman were killed at the school, along with a teacher and a security guard, FBI spokesman Paul McCabe said at a news conference in Minneapolis.

Fourteen to 15 other students were injured, McCabe said. Some were being cared for in Bemidji, about 20 miles south of Red Lake. Authorities closed the reservation while they investigate the shootings.

Hegstrom described the gunman grinning and waving at a student his gun was pointed at, then swiveling to shoot someone else. "I looked him in the eye and ran in the room, and that's when I hid," she told The Pioneer.

McCabe declined to talk about a possible connection between the suspect and the couple killed at the home, but Red Lake Fire Director Roman Stately said they were the grandparents of the shooter. He identified the shooter's grandfather as Daryl Lussier, a longtime officer with the Red Lake Police Department, and said Lussier's guns may have been used in the shootings.

Stately said the shooter had two handguns and a shotgun.

"After he shot a security guard, he walked down the hallway shooting and went into a classroom where he shot a teacher and more students," Stately told Minneapolis television station KARE.

Students and a teacher, Diane Schwanz, said the shooter tried to break down a door to get into her classroom.

"I just got on the floor and called the cops," Schwanz told the Pioneer. "I was still just half-believing it."

Ashley Morrison, another student, had taken refuge in Schwanz's classroom. With the shooter banging on the door, she dialed her mother on her cell phone. Her mother, Wendy Morrison, said she could hear gunshots on the line.

"'Mom, he's trying to get in here and I'm scared,'" Ashley Morrison told her mother.

All of the dead students were found in one room. One of them was a boy believed to be the shooter, McCabe said. He would not comment on reports that the boy shot himself and said it was too early to speculate on a motive.

The school was evacuated after the shootings and locked down for investigation, McCabe said.

"It will probably take us throughout the night to really put the whole picture together," he said.

It was the nation's worst school shooting since two students at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., killed 12 students and a teacher and wounded 23 before killing themselves on April 20, 1999.

The last apparent fatal school shootings involving a student also happened in Minnesota in September 2003, when two students were killed at Rocori High School in Cold Spring. Classmate John Jason McLaughlin, who was 15 at the time of the shooting, awaits trial in the case.

That shooting was the first major incident reported since 2001.

Red Lake High School, on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in far northern Minnesota, has about 300 students, according to its Web site.

The reservation is about 240 miles north of the Twin Cities. It is home to the Red Lake Chippewa Tribe, one of the poorest in the state. According to the 2000 census, 5,162 people lived on the reservation, and all but 91 were full-blooded Indians.

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Here is some more info goto http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7259823/&GT1=6305 for the story.
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You might want to check out the following websites on Red Lake rez at www.rinn.com and www.news.minnesota.publicradio.org


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this is sooo sad...all these children gone. senseless - all of it. all these people gone for what? - nothing. one of the boys shot was a father also. some of the girls were helping grandparents raise their siblings.

this boy sounded very confused and alone. come on, his father committed suicide and his mother was in a nursing home. posting on a neo-nazi website and no friends (supposedly). they think he was living with his grandmother. which brings to mind, that some grandparents are totally unprepared to raise children in this day and age. when they raised their own children things were drastically different from now.

prayers for all of them...
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this is sooo sad...all these children gone. senseless - all of it. all these people gone for what? - nothing. one of the boys shot was a father also. some of the girls were helping grandparents raise their siblings.

this boy sounded very confused and alone. come on, his father committed suicide and his mother was in a nursing home. posting on a neo-nazi website and no friends (supposedly). they think he was living with his grandmother. which brings to mind, that some grandparents are totally unprepared to raise children in this day and age. when they raised their own children things were drastically different from now.

prayers for all of them...
youre so right....
I am saddened that our children have to face such life issues..that they have to grow up so fast... and YES they HAVE to in order to keep in the world today!!!

Obviously Kids these days are frustrated at the lives they live, the idea of not being heard and have lerned to deal with things in thier OWN ways.. self taught ways for one reason or other and most of the time its due to NO parents...or the lack of Parental involvement in the childs life... Im sure the Grandmother did all she could... but like you said these days our elders are NOT prepared to raise our youth....we as communitiies need to embrace our future...If we DONT we will regret it later... and I think we are already seeing signs of things to come if we dont pay attention

Again... My prayers are with those that need strength at this time
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