CLOQUET, Minn. — A 28-year-old Minneapolis man is in custody and a 45-year-old Minneapolis man is hospitalized after a shooting at a funeral on the Fond du Lac Reservation Friday morning, Oct. 18.
The shooting, which forced a nearby school and tribal offices into lockdown, happened at about 9:46 a.m. in the gymnasium of the Fond du Lac Head Start building in Cloquet, where a funeral was being held, said Derek Randall, interim chief of the Cloquet Police Department.
The suspect, Shelby Boswell, shot a rifle once at the victim, striking him in the head, Randall said.
Boswell attempted to flee the scene, but funeral goers managed to restrain him outside the gym until law enforcement arrived.
Randall said Boswell and the victim likely know each other, but Boswell’s motive is not yet known.
The victim was transported first to Cloquet Memorial Hospital, and then to Essentia Health in Duluth. His condition is unknown, but Randall said he believed the victim would survive.
Randall would not release the victim’s name Friday, but said the victim was attending the visitation and funeral, and that it was unclear why Boswell was there.
“We do not know if Mr. Boswell was attending the funeral or if he was there to confront the victim,” Randall said.
The funeral of tribal member Hazel Barbara Olson was being held at the gym Friday morning, according to her obituary.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the shooting.
The shooting caused lockdowns at the nearby Fond du Lac Ojibwe School, tribal offices and clinic for several hours.
Boswell has a history of convictions for violent crime, including a fifth-degree assault and a second-degree assault involving a baseball bat on the Fond du Lac Reservation in 2010, as well as a 2015 third-degree assault in Bemidji resulting in substantial bodily harm.