Authorities: Suspect Arrested In MN Courthouse Shooting

GRAND MARAIS, Minn. (WCCO/AP) — A gunman opened fire at small northern Minnesota courthouse on Thursday, shooting and injuring the local prosecutor and two other people, authorities said.

A suspect was quickly taken into custody after the shootings were reported around 4 p.m. at the Cook County Courthouse in Grand Marais, a remote town near the Canadian border, State Public Safety spokesman Doug Neville said.

Authorities have identified the suspect as 42-year-old Daniel Schlienz of Grand Marais. He is being held in the Cook County Jail.

Cook County prosecutor Timothy Scannell was undergoing surgery for multiple gunshot wounds Thursday night at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, spokeswoman Beth Johnson said. She said Scannell was in stable condition but released no other details.

The condition of another victim being treated at the hospital hasn’t been released. The third victim was treated at a Grand Marais hospital and released, Neville said.

Scannell was handling the only case on Thursday’s court calendar, a jury trial that began Monday for Schlienz, who had been charged with criminal sexual conduct and nonconsensual sex contact. His father, Gary Schlienz, told the Duluth News Tribune that he went to the courthouse and was told his son was the shooter. The elder Schlienz said his son had recently threatened suicide.

“He hated the prosecuting attorney that did this,” Gary Schlienz told the newspaper. “I don’t want to make excuses for him, but they prosecuted him pretty bad. He had no job, no money, nothing.”

The elder Schlienz did not immediately respond to a message left at his home by The Associated Press.

Daniel Schlienz was being held Thursday night in the county jail, though jail officials wouldn’t release any information. A phone message left at his home wasn’t immediately returned.

Online state court records listed several cases involving Schlienz in the past two decades, but most were minor traffic cases. More serious charges included fleeing a peace officer and the criminal sexual conduct case, which was first filed in 2006.

The Duluth News Tribune reported that Schlienz had entered an Alford plea in that case in 2007 on charges that he sexually assaulted two 15-year-old girls and one 17-year-old girl. His father told the newspaper that his son later decided to withdraw the plea and fight the charges.

The county’s two-story courthouse, which has just one courtroom, has no metal detectors and visitors aren’t searched when they enter the building, Cook County Commissioner Fritz Sobanja said.

“As far as I know, there’s no checking for knives or any of that stuff,” Sobanja said.

Grand Marais, home to about 1,300 residents, is about 110 miles northeast of Duluth and sits along the shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota’s far northeastern tip.

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  • shucks

    an artists squabble amongst friends. maybe a few to many bottles of wine though :(

    • Jake

      What about the green teas, the cappuncinos, the kayaks, or the lattes, along with the horriffic wildlife art that they try to peddle as……..”interpersonal”, or ‘unique’, or “out of this world”.??

  • hillbillyredneckgopbutplug

    aynt gunz grate?

  • Jake

    Roh roh….must be a lot more ‘issues’ going on up there than they would like the rest of us to believe. NO METAL DETECTORS or searches at the courthouse? Man, get into the 21st Century. I couldn’t even get into a Hennepin Co. courthouse with a litlle swiss army knife, or maybe even a boxcutter. All innocence is GONE on the north shore.

    • Brian

      I’m sure it’s a result of the party of NO. Maybe the idiotic right-wingers had this coming. The reason they don’t have a metal detector is because right-wing lawmakers and voters up there probably did everything in their power to choke off government spending. Paying $3k for a metal detector was a burden they didn’t want the taxpayers to bear.

      • really

        Oh yes, its all part of the vast right wing conspiracy Hillary Clinton feared. I’m sure this incident will convince them that the liberal mantra is correct: We must abdicate all our rights and responsibilities to the government so they can throw money we don’t have at the problem in order to achieve the illusion of safety the liberal sheep crave. You probably think the GOP controls the weather as well. Their tragedy is a gift from God for your ilk, as it provides yet another opportunity to spew your liberal vitriol.

  • Raggs

    Where was Kevin today?

  • Journeyone

    We will be stripped of our Minnesota Nice.

  • TL the alligator

    cant say in this case because i dont know but in this country many many times on a daily basis prosecutors run roughshod on the people and cross the line from prosecution to persecution…..if indeed this is one of those cases then maybe, just maybe, that prosecutor deserved what he got.

    • Richard Cheese

      I think you’ve got a pretty clear idea of what went on here. It’s too bad that prosecutors are only interested in wins not justice.

  • Martin Holaday

    I am Dans cousin, and I blame the state of Minnesota and cook county for this tragedy. Dan was sent to jail for a year, without a trial, for this crime. Now that he has served his time, the county is now going to trie him, and send him to jail again? Isn’t that double jepordy? This is just one case where the state of Minnesotya has caused the shooting of ourn citezens.Sorry about the spelling< but understandably< I have had a bit to drink tonight

    • Jay Bee

      If your cousin went to jail for a year without ever having been charged and then after a year they decide to try him (and possibly add more jail time) is not considered “double jeopardy”. He would have had to have been convicted and charged twice for that threshold to have been met. In your comment he never was put on trial before being locked up, so “double jeopardy” would not apply. He would have probably been given “time served + some extra jail time if he was actually held in jail for a year without being charged or put on trial.
      There may be other factors at play here as well. I’m sure we’ll be finding out more and more in the days to come.

  • Martin Holaday

    OH! by the way, Dan is my HERO!

  • Jake

    Keep bringin in that BC Bud from Canada, all of those ILLEGAL ALIENS from Canada, and bringing on situations like this. Somehow, they all relate, in one way or another.

  • Jake

    GO DAN GO!!!

  • lol

    Really, It’s Minnesota’s fault because why?–Your cousin is a PIG for having sex with young girls. Jeez Martin I Know there are better role models in the area for you than your cousin. When this came on the news I thought it might have something to do with their new 1% tax , which the town is not in total agreement on how to use it . FORGET the new community center-from the outside looking in, what a waste of money, GO for a nice Hockey Arena. No More 1% for the Superior National Gold Course. After they chose new Mgmt for the course in a Shady manner, We did not golf there at all last year. (I think they have the good all boys club going on up there). I think I’ll eat lunch at the Blue Water today and listen to what the locals are saying.
    GO PACK GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • p.o.'d

    speaking of prosecutors…how in the hell is Jon Corzine not in jail,eh?…all those ol’ Goldman Sachs CEO’s immune from justice or what?…what the heck is the doin’,sleeping?…in fact there outta be a pile o’ Goldman Sachs x and current employees in prison,as well as x employees who go to the various FED reserve offices and u.s. treasury…the biggest ponzi schemes in history…i dont know a thing about the guy above,as ‘cco’s story doesn’t cover much,but it seems the little guy always gets the book tossed at him,as big corporate banksters get away with swindling the public outta billions of $$ of revenue

    • lol

      When your doing little girls, you deserve to get the book thown at you. I think they should chain him to a tree on the gunflint and let the wolves have dessert.

    • kate

      Try to stay on topic. These stories aren’t related

  • AAmmy Sensered

    Where or where is Amy Senser hiding?
    Wasn’t she supposed to be driving his getaway suv?
    Did that 2nd case of Mikes do her in?
    Doggone it Amy you don’t get a thing right

    • kate

      What does Amy have to do with this case? This is the story about some guy accused of forcing underage girls to have sex with him. Are you trying to distract us from that?

      • Hiding in a slew maybe?

        Amy supposedly was there and had a black Range Rover all fired up (she was too of course) and ready to rock off into the sunset when he made his dash to the suv …… behold, she allegedly was to wasted to drive and had driven over a mannequin and was no place to be found…. again, this is all alleged. The only one(s) who have the facts are deceased I guess

  • felice

    DARN GOOD THING HE WAS IN JAIL FOR A YEAR- HE ATTEMPTED TO MURDER SOMEONE THE OTHER DAY. Imagine all the girls he could have molested or people he could have killed if he didn’t like them. Yeah, there’s idiots in every kind of job & there’s some people who say the justice system is out to “get them” but when it’s someone you know gets hurt then you sure want justice. As for cousin Martin-I’d be ashamed to admit he’s my cousin & since he’s your hero-well, we all better look out for you then.

  • starviego

    A lot of people feel they can’t get justice in the court system. It’s pretty biased toward the prosecution as it is. This is the ‘blowback’ you can expect when we adopt a ‘lock ’em up and throw away the key’ policy. Like the kid in Atchison, Kansas who ambushed and shot a cop the other day because he had become increasingly embittered about his father being locked up for life.

    What goes around….

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