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BEMIDJI, Minn. - A high school student went on a shooting rampage on an Indian reservation Monday, killing his grandparents at their home and then seven people at his school, grinning and waving as he fired, authorities and witnesses said. The suspect apparently killed himself after exchanging gunfire with police.

It was the nation's worst school shooting since the Columbine massacre in 1999 that killed 13 people.

One student said her classmates pleaded with the gunman to stop shooting.

``You could hear a girl saying, `No, Jeff, quit, quit. Leave me alone. What are you doing?' '' student Sondra Hegstrom told The Pioneer newspaper of Bemidji, using the name of the suspected shooter.

Before the shootings at Red Lake High School, the suspect's grandparents were shot in their home and died later. There was no immediate indication of the gunman's motive.

In addition to the shooter, the death toll at the school included five students, a teacher and a security guard, FBI spokesman Paul McCabe said in Minneapolis.

Fourteen to 15 other students were injured, McCabe said. Some were being cared for in Bemidji, about 20 miles south of Red Lake. Authorities closed roads to the reservation in far northern Minnesota while they investigated the shootings.

Hegstrom described the shooter as grinning and waving at a student his gun was pointed at, then swiveling to shoot someone else. ``I looked him in the eye and ran in the room, and that's when I hid,'' she told The Pioneer.

McCabe declined to talk about a possible connection between the suspect and the couple killed at the home, but Red Lake Fire Director Roman Stately said they were the grandparents of the gunman. He identified the shooter's grandfather as Daryl Lussier, a longtime officer with the Red Lake Police Department, and said Lussier's guns may have been used in the shootings.

Stately said the shooter had two handguns and a shotgun.

``After he shot a security guard, he walked down the hallway shooting and went into a classroom where he shot a teacher and more students,'' Stately told Minneapolis television station KARE. Students and a teacher, Diane Schwanz, said the gunman tried to break down a door to get into her classroom.

``I just got on the floor and called the cops,'' Schwanz told The Pioneer. ``I was still just half-believing it.''

Ashley Morrison, another student, had taken refuge in Schwanz's classroom. With the shooter banging on the door, she dialed her mother on her cell phone. Her mother, Wendy Morrison, said she could hear gunshots on the line.

``'Mom, he's trying to get in here and I'm scared,''' Ashley Morrison told her mother.

All of the dead students were found in one room. One of them was a boy believed to be the shooter, McCabe said. He would not comment on reports that the boy shot himself and said it was too early to speculate on a motive.

Martha Thunder's 15-year-old son, Cody, was being treated for a gunshot wound to the hip.

``He heard gunshots and the teacher said `No, that's the janitor's doing something,' and the next thing he knew, the kid walked in there and pointed the gun right at him,'' Thunder said.

The school was evacuated after the shootings and locked down for the investigation, McCabe said.

``It will probably take us throughout the night to really put the whole picture together,'' he said.

Floyd Jourdain Jr., chairman of the Red Lake Chippewa Tribe, called it ``without a doubt the darkest hour'' in the group's history. ``There has been a considerable amount of lives lost, and we still don't know the total of that,'' Jourdain said.

Red Lake High School, on the Red Lake Indian Reservation, has about 300 students, according to its Web site.

The reservation is about 240 miles north of the Twin Cities. It is home to the Red Lake Chippewa Tribe, one of the poorest in the state.
 

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Most unfortunate and tragic...........................
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rather timely though, just last week I was doing a lock-out for a female student and she was AGHAST that I was armed. "Why do you need to have a gun on a school campus?"
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Higher Education......go figure
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mpd61";p="60407 said:
rather timely though, just last week I was doing a lock-out for a female student and she was AGHAST that I was armed. "Why do you need to have a gun on a school campus?"
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Higher Education......go figure
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Yeah and then when if there was ever a shooting on campus the dumb student will have enough balls to say why didn't the campus police do anything, when you don't have a gun. :no:
 

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pickels said:
mpd61";p="60407 said:
rather timely though, just last week I was doing a lock-out for a female student and she was AGHAST that I was armed. "Why do you need to have a gun on a school campus?"
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Higher Education......go figure
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Yeah and then when if there was ever a shooting on campus the dumb student will have enough balls to say why didn't the campus police do anything, when you don't have a gun. :no:
ex-friggin-actly, pickels
 

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I posted something similar to that earlier but apparently it didn't actually get posted.

But I completely agree. People suck. That's basically what it comes down to.
 

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Great... Here comes the blame game again. ](*,)

Watch as people come up with irrelevant theories as to why, when it's simply just a incident of some psycho high school kid who lost himself.
 

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School gunman stole police pistol, vest
Student killed 9 before turning weapon on himself
Tuesday, March 22, 2005 Posted: 7:20 PM EST (0020 GMT)

RED LAKE, Minnesota (CNN) -- A student authorities say killed seven people at his Minnesota high school first shot his grandfather and the man's girlfriend before taking his police-issued weapon, bulletproof vest and squad car to Red Lake Senior High School.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Michael Tabman said Tuesday that 16-year-old Jeff Weise killed his grandfather, 58-year-old Daryl Lussier, and his grandfather's 32-year-old girlfriend, Michelle Sigana, with a .22-caliber gun before driving to the school Monday.

FBI agents would not confirm reports that Weise had posted comments on a neo-Nazi Web site.

But a person who posted on the site of the Libertarian National Socialist Green Party identified himself as "Jeff Weise, from the Red Lake 'Indian' Reservation." The writer said he disliked interracial mixing among the American Indians on the reservation where he lived.

Federal investigators, however, said that while the postings may provide clues to the rampage, it was premature Tuesday to speculate on a motive. The shootings at the school appeared to be random, Tabman said.

He said authorities believe Weise stole his grandfather's police-issued pistol and a shotgun, as well as a gunbelt and vest. Authorities said he had three guns in all.

As Weise entered the school through a doorway with a metal detector, he was confronted by 28-year-old Derrick Brun, an unarmed guard. Weise shot Brun to death before proceeding into the school, Tabman said. A videotape shows Weise in a hallway, but doesn't capture any of the shootings, he said.

Weise fired shots toward 62-year-old teacher Neva Winnecoup Rogers, as well as some students, who fled into a classroom, Tabman said. He pursued them and opened fire, killing Rogers and "a number" of students, then "continued to roam through the school, firing randomly."

Four police officers entered, and Weise fired on them as well, Tabman said. At least one officer returned fire, but it was unknown whether Weise was wounded. Shortly afterward, Weise went back into the classroom and shot himself in the head, he said.

In all, Tabman said, Weise spent "less than 10 minutes" inside the school, firing many rounds: "There was a lot of damage."

According to Tabman, Weise shot and killed five students -- Thurlene Stillday, 15; Chase Lussier, 15, Chenelle Rosebear, 15, Alicia Spike, 14, Dwayne Lewis, 15.

Police do not know how much earlier Lussier and Sigana were killed.

FBI Special Agent Paul McCabe would not say if Chase Lussier was related to Daryl Lussier.

The death toll made it the nation's worst school shooting since April 1999, when two students killed 12 classmates, a teacher and then themselves at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. (Full story)

Authorities said Weise did not live with Daryl Lussier, but they would not release where he was living. There was no suicide note, Tabman said.

The school remained closed Tuesday. Counseling was being offered to tribe members, said Floyd Jourdain, chairman of the Red Lake Ojibwa Nation.

"Our community is devastated by this event," he said. "We have never seen anything like this in the history of our tribe. Without a doubt, these are some of the darkest days for our people."

About 5,000 members of the Ojibwa tribe live on the reservation. The Ojibwa are also known as the Chippewa.

The shootings occurred about 3 p.m. (4 p.m. ET) in Red Lake Senior High School, a school of about 300 students located on a sovereign Indian reservation near the Canadian border about 240 miles north of the Twin Cities.
 

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Also, just as as a note this occured on one of two closed indian reservations in the United States. Correct me if I am wrong, but that means (at least according to Fox News) that it is it's own sovereign nation with it's own police forces etc. Dont know exactly what that means....but...thought I would throw it out there.
 

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Heard on the news this morning that in my nice quiet little town of Millbury, that there was a note of some sort found in the boy's locker room addressing the attack in Minnesota... something was written to the effect about how there was going to be another slaughter of a larger magnitude at the Millbury High school. Anyone else hear about this?
 
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