9:45 A.M. UPDATE: One man dead as a result of Wednesday Red Lake shooting; investigation continues
Ralph S. Boelter, Special Agent in Charge of the Minneapolis FBI Field Office, has announced that the FBI is continuing its investigation of a shootout involving five to six men that occurred at approximately 3 p.m. Wednesday on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.
The shooting occurred in a residential neighborhood near the Red Lake Fisheries in Redby. The incident appears to be the result of a long-standing feud between the two groups of men involved. Both groups of men were in vehicles when the shooting occurred.
Julian Keith Demarrias, 22 of Redby, was taken to Red Lake Indian Health Services, where he later died from injuries that he suffered during the shootout. Two other men were in his vehicle and were wounded. One was later flown to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, N.D., and the other was taken to North Country Regional Hospital in Bemidji, where they remain for treatment of their injuries.
There were two or three men in the other vehicle. It is not known if they were injured. The investigation is ongoing to fully identify and locate those men. Multiple rifle and shotgun rounds were fired during the shootout. It is not known whether the injured and deceased men fired any rounds, but weapons were recovered from their vehicle.
The FBI is investigating this matter jointly with the Itasca County Sheriff's Office, the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office, the United States Marshall Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Red Lake Police Department, and the Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force.
Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the FBI at 612-376-3200, or any of the other investigating agencies.
A Beltrami County Sheriff's spokesman confirmed that Donald Lee Clark, 22, Redby, is being sought on the reservation in connection with the shootings.
An employee of a convenience store in Red Lake told the Grand Forks Herald that the shooting happened in Redby, about five miles from Red Lake. She said she knows two of the victims of the shooting and that one of them, an adult man, has died.
Others in Redby said they were told, too, that one of the men had died.
"This is a small town," said one resident who asked not to be named.
Sara King says she was in the Redby store Wednesday at about 3 p.m. when she saw Clark drive by in a large SUV or pickup truck. She then heard and saw police vehicles drive by, headed toward where she lives a couple blocks from the store. She headed over there and saw two men lying, bloody, on the street, about a block from her home.
There was a long gun lying in the street.
"I stumbled over the gun," King said.
People were helping the two men who had apparently been shot, King said.
"They were both moving. They were hollering, because people were putting them on a stretcher and they were hurting," King said.
A third man was in a nearby vehicle that had its back window shot out and was trying to get out, but couldn't until police assisted him, King said.
One of the men at the scene used her cell phone to call the parents of the wounded men, King said.
Several people told the Grand Forks Herald that all three victims of the shootings were brothers. King said she didn't know how seriously the men were hurt or if one had died.
Clark has a history of drug violations and drunk driving in Beltrami County, according to state court records.
In December, he was sentenced to 30 days in jail in Bemidji for a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession and accompanying driving violations and fleeing a police officer.
The case stemmed from April 2009 when he fled deputies across the boundary of the reservation and was arrested later that day.
He also was put on probation in the December sentencing for four years and fined about $1,000, with about half of it stayed.
Clark had lost his driving privileges in 2005.
In August, a warrant was issued for Clark for violating probation on the 2009 charges.
From court records, it appears his unpaid fines were sent to a collections agency last summer and were due Wednesday.