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1:45 P.M. UPDATE: Red Lake identifies suspect in Wednesday's shooting

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1:45 P.M. UPDATE: Red Lake identifies suspect in Wednesday's shooting
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Red Lake Public Safety Director William Brunelle reported early Thursday afternoon that Red Lake Police received the 911 call concerning a shooting incident in Redby at about 3:12 p.m. Wednesday.


The suspect shooter has been identified as Donald Clark Jr., 22, of Redby, also known as Don Juan, according to a press release issued shortly after noon Thursday. Brunelle said there is evidence to indicate there might be more than one shooter.

The Red Lake Department of Public Safety and FBI are also seeking information on locating Cruz White as a person of interest. Brunelle warned that anyone who encounters the person of interest should not approach but immediately contact Red Lake Department of Public Safety at 218-679-3313 or the Bemidji FBI at 751-0610.

Brunelle said Clark and the 1998 black GMC Yukon he was driving with Red Lake license plate 19287 had not been located as of Thursday afternoon. Brunelle said Clark and other possible suspects should be considered armed and dangerous.

Brunelle said Red Lake Police and the Criminal Investigation Division were on the scene within minutes. Redby is five miles east of the town of Red Lake.

The investigation immediately was started with the assistance of the Bemidji FBI office. The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Border Patrol also are assisting in the investigation.

When Red Lake Police officers arrived at the scene Wednesday afternoon, they found three victims suffering from gunshot wounds. The victims were identified at Julian Demarrias, 22, Jerrick Demarrias, 19, and Orland Spears, 19. The three wounded men were taken to Red Lake Indian Health Service Hospital. Julian Demarrias died of his wounds. Spears was transferred to North Country Regional Hospital and was listed in stable condition Thursday. Jerrick Demarrias' condition was unavailable Thursday.

Witnesses to the shooting described the vehicles involved as the BMC Yukon sought in relation to Clark and a Dodge Durango. Witnesses said they heard 8-10 shots near Redby's main street and saw the Yukon, black with a cream-colored stripe on the side, speed away from the scene.

Pioneer staff reports