Defendant shot Minnesota prosecutor three times at courthouse

MINNEAPOLIS Fri Dec 16, 2011 10:56am EST

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MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - A man found guilty of a sex crime shot a county prosecutor at a courthouse in a remote corner of northeastern Minnesota three times and a second man multiple times before he was captured, authorities said on Friday.

Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell was shot twice in the abdomen and once in the groin and was recovering after surgery, said Beth Johnson, spokeswoman for Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth, Minnesota.

Scannell was alert and talking on Friday and listed in fair condition, Johnson said.

Daniel Schlienz, 42, of Grand Marais, Minnesota, was arrested shortly after the shooting at the Cook County Courthouse in Grand Marais Thursday afternoon and was being held in the county jail, the state public safety department said.

Three people in all were shot in the incident, authorities said. A second man, Greg Thompson, was listed in good condition at the Duluth hospital on Friday after also sustaining multiple gunshot wounds, Johnson said.

A third person was treated and released from a Grand Marais area hospital on Thursday, authorities said.

Schlienz was found guilty on Thursday of a sex crime in a jury trial presided over by Judge Mark Munger, said John Kostouros, spokesman for the Minnesota judicial branch.

Munger was talking with jurors in the courtroom at the small courthouse after the conclusion of the trial when they heard shots fired in another part of the courthouse.

Grand Marais is a city of about 1,400 people along the north shore of Lake Superior about 110 miles northeast of Duluth near the Canadian border.

Windy conditions prevented authorities from flying the wounded from the shooting to Duluth by helicopter and they were driven by ambulance.

The Cook County Courthouse does not have metal detectors. It remained closed on Friday as the investigation continued.

(Reporting by David Bailey; Editing by Jerry Norton)

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EllisF wrote:
Might want to rethink that no metal detector thing…the cost to the county to pay these medical bills would have paid for a couple I imagine.

Dec 16, 2011 11:41am EST  --  Report as abuse
HAL.9000 wrote:
“The Cook County Courthouse does not have metal detectors. It remained closed on Friday as the investigation continued.”

Dumb move.

At the very least “wand” people before entering the courtroom.

Dec 16, 2011 12:23pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Currently the law doesn’t recognize the act of assaulting and mutilating a man’s genitals as being a violent sex crime, but it should. If ever there were any doubt as to whether the convicted man is a sex offender, shooting the prosecutor in the groin ended any and all doubt. He is now, as far as I am concerned.

Dec 16, 2011 2:24pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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