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Cloquet police say victim of possible gang shooting won’t talk

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

CLOQUET, Minn. -- Cloquet police are investigating what is believed to be a gang-related shooting on the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation in which the victim was shot in the foot, but investigators say he isn’t providing much information because he fears for his life.

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Investigator Darrin Berg said Cloquet police received a call from a Duluth hospital on Friday informing them that a 19-year-old man was being treated for a gunshot wound. Investigators went to the hospital, but the victim didn’t want to talk to them.

“He’s not talking to us based on his fear,” Berg said. Berg said there are indications that the Native Mob from the Twin Cities could have been involved in the shooting and it could involve a drug deal, but the investigation is continuing.

Cloquet police executed two search warrants at residences on the reservation. Berg said blood evidence was recovered at one residence and a bullet was dug out of the floor at the other. Evidence also was seized at the residence of the victim. Berg said police interviewed one man and he provided a questionable alibi.

Police are seeking two other men — Michael William Siewert, 22, and Patrick Charles Lussier, 25 — for questioning.

Cloquet police are not releasing the name of the victim.

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