(RepublicanNews.org) – Two victims and the accused gunman were later discovered dead after authorities in Minnesota rushed to an active shooter incident at a small-town hotel on the night of January 8th.
The Cloquet Police Department said that at about 6:30 p.m., officers arrived at the scene at the intersection of Big Lake Road and Hwy 33. They discovered that both victims had been shot. The first casualty, a woman aged 22, was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital, where she died.
A 35-year-old man from Deer River, who had sustained several gunshot wounds, was discovered dead inside a car in the hotel parking lot by the officers.
Reports show that it’s not known why the shooter targeted any of the victims or if he had any prior relationship with them. The crime scene investigators are now processing the site. The police in Cloquet have stated their confidence that the public is not in danger.
A 32-year-old man from Ramsey, Minnesota, was discovered dead outside the motel. According to police, there were signs that he had shot himself. A weapon was recovered nearby. The security footage from the hotel proved he was the gunman, according to the authorities.
After reviewing the hotel’s CCTV footage, the police verified that this dead man was the culprit.
Gov. Tim Walz stated on X that he was praying for those slain and thanked the responding police.
Police are now informing the next of kin of the dead. The names of the victims have not been released. The Cloquet Police Department sent its deepest sympathies to the victims’ families.
Earlier that day, the public was warned to take cover immediately if they were in the affected region. In the original press release, dialing 911 in the event of any suspicious activity was recommended.
Law enforcement agencies from various Minnesota counties are working together to assist the Cloquet police with their investigation. These agencies include the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, the Minnesota State Patrol, the Fond Du Lac Police, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Mayo Ambulance, and Minnesota Homeland Security Emergency Management.
The police planned to hold a press conference on January 9th at Cloquet City Hall, hoping to disclose further details.
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