The 45-year-old victim of a shooting at a funeral on the Fond du Lac Reservation Friday morning was released from Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth Friday night.
The victim, Broderick Robinson, is from Minneapolis and was attending the funeral when he was shot by a 28-year-old Minneapolis man.
In response to Friday's event, the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is offering support services Saturday and Sunday at the Fond du Lac Ojibwe School.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., mental health professionals, elders, spiritual advisers and Red Cross workers will be available. Everyone is welcome and invited to bring a dish to share. Kid-friendly activities will also be available.
Anyone in need of additional help can call this phone line open 24 hours a day: (218) 878-7177.
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 at 133 University Road in Cloquet where a funeral was being held, Derek Randall, interim chief of the Cloquet Police Department, said at a news conference late Friday morning.
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. He is being held at the Carlton County Jail where he awaits formal charges. The News Tribune typically does not name suspects until they are formally charged, but is doing so in this case due to the high-profile nature of the crime.
Randall said Boswell and the victim likely know each other, but Boswell’s motive is not yet known.
“We believe that there is some type of relationship there,” Randall said. “We believe this is an isolated incident, and we don't believe that the public is in any danger at this point.”
The victim was transported first to Cloquet Memorial Hospital, and then to Essentia Health in Duluth.
“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.
Fond du Lac Tribal Chairman Kevin DuPuis said the funeral was moved to the Cloquet Community Gym building where it continued into the afternoon.
“I think the first thing was to continue with the funeral,” DuPuis said. “To take care of that person and to send that person home the right way.”
DuPuis said counseling services were made available at the nearby natural resources building and will be available through the weekend.
“This is a community thing. Yes, it happened on Fond du Lac, but it's a community thing. This is going to affect everybody,” DuPuis said.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the shooting that remains ongoing as of Saturday afternoon.
The shooting caused lockdowns at the nearby Fond du Lac Ojibwe School, tribal offices and clinic for several hours.
"These kinds of situations happen everywhere, but it really hurts when it happens in your own community," Rita Aspinwall, a spokesperson for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, said at a news conference Friday morning.
The school was on "full lockdown," a staff member who answered the phone at the school confirmed to the News Tribune. School was not in session Friday, but kids were still in the building for programming. Nearby tribal offices were also on lockdown.
"The Fond du Lac tribal offices are on lockdown and employees are sheltering in place," Aspinwall said just before 11 a.m. Friday.
By 11:15 a.m., however, employees were allowed to leave the Tribal Center, but no one could go in, a News Tribune reporter on scene said.
By 12:30 p.m., six buses of kids were seen leaving the school.
Throughout the morning, vehicles were pulling into a parking lot at the school. Parents of schoolchildren were notified of the shooting through an automated voice message.
A man who asked not to be named said he was doing paperwork at the neighboring Fond du Lac Tribal Center when he saw someone drive the victim of the shooting from the Head Start building to the tribal center where they waited until first responders arrived.
Responding agencies included the Minnesota State Patrol, Cloquet Police Department, Carlton County Sheriff's Office, Fond du Lac Police Department, St. Louis County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Fond du Lac Department of Natural Resources, Floodwood Police Department, Cloquet Fire District and BCA.
DuPuis said the response by so many agencies was incredible.
“Everybody came to something that happened on a reservation within our community,” DuPuis said. “But again, it's not just our community that this affects — it affects everybody.”
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.
News Tribune reporter Adelle Whitefoot and Cloquet Pine Journal reporter Jamie Lund contributed to this report.