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Cook County shooting stories

Posted at 9:48 AM on December 16, 2011 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Public Safety

Here's a look at some of the reporting late Thursday and today on the shooting of Cook County Attorney Tim Scanell.

MPR News:

Three people, including the Cook County attorney, were wounded Thursday afternoon after being shot at the Cook County courthouse in Grand Marais. Two of the victims, including Cook County Attorney Timothy Scannell, were hospitalized. A third victim was treated and released.

Scannell was shot multiple times by a man authorities said he had prosecuted earlier in the day. Essentia Health spokeswoman Beth Johnson says that Scannell underwent successful surgery, and he remains hospitalized. His condition has been upgraded to fair. Johnson said he suffered three gunshot wounds, but couldn't elaborate on where they were.

The second shooting victim, Gregory Thompson, 53, of Grand Marais, was admitted to St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth with multiple gunshot wounds and is listed in good condition, Johnson said.

One other victim was treated and released from the Cook County North Shore Hospital in Grand Marais.

The alleged shooter, Daniel Schlienz, has been arrested. No other suspects are being sought, said Minnesota Department of Public Safety spokesman Doug Neville. "We're not looking for anyone else."

Star Tribune:

Attorney John Lillie III knew his client Daniel S. Schlienz was angry after being convicted of third-degree criminal sexual conduct Thursday afternoon.

"I was talking with his mother ... and the next thing I know, boom, I hear what sounds like a gunshot," Lillie said.

Lillie said Schlienz, 42, was arrested moments later, after County Attorney Tim Scannell and three others were wounded in a shooting at the Cook County Courthouse in Grand Marais.

Duluth News Tribune:

A former boxer who was said to have "hated the prosecuting attorney" allegedly opened fire in the Cook County courthouse Thursday, leaving County Attorney Tim Scannell and two others injured with gunshot wounds.

Daniel Schlienz, 42, was the defendant in a criminal sexual conduct case that was being heard in the Grand Marais courthouse Thursday, according to court records. He was arrested immediately after the shooting and is being held in the Cook County Jail, authorities said.

Before officials identified Schlienz, his father told the News Tribune that Schlienz was probably the suspect.

"He hated the prosecuting attorney that did this," said Gary Schlienz of Grand Marais.

Gary Schlienz said his son's mother, Ginger Berglund, was in the courthouse during the shooting and tried to take the gun away from her son.

"He didn't think of anybody else at the time, I'm sure," Gary Schlienz said.

Schlienz said the prosecution of his son had taken a severe toll, with his son threatening suicide as recently as two weeks ago.


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Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.