BEMIDJI -- One man is dead and one person is in custody after a shooting at a restaurant in Bemidji on Saturday morning.
The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center received a call of a shooting at the popular Mi Rancho restaurant on the city's north side at about 10 a.m., before the restaurant opened for the day, according to a news release from Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp.
Witnesses told officers that several employees were preparing for the restaurant to open when a “former employee forced his way into the back door of the business and started an altercation with several employees. This altercation ended with a shooting resulting in the death of the former employee,” the release said.
No details were given on the just how the former employee died, but sheriff’s deputies and Bemidji Police Department officers were able to identify the shooter, who was taken into custody, the release said. There is no threat to the general public, authorities said.
The name of the victim was not released because the man’s family lives in Mexico and investigators are still working to make contact with them, the release said.
The name of the shooter also hasn’t been released and no decision has been made on possible charges, if any, the person may face, the release said. No details were released on the type of firearm used in the shooting.
The restaurant was closed as investigators from the sheriff’s office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension interviewed witnesses and gathered forensic evidence.