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Suspect in Fond du Lac shooting charged with assault, drug possession

Shelby Gene Boswell Photo: Carlton County Jail
Shelby Gene Boswell

Updated: October 21, 2019 12:05 PM

The suspect in a shooting on a northern Minnesota Indian reservation has been charged with multiple crimes.

Court records show that Shelby Gene Boswell, 28, is charged with six total counts, including first-degree assault, second-degree assault and fifth-degree drug possession.

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According to a criminal complaint, officers from multiple agencies responded to a call of shots fired at a gymnasium in the Fond du Lac Head Start building on Friday morning. Officers learned a funeral ceremony was being held in the gym.

The complaint states Boswell entered the ceremony, approached his sister's boyfriend from behind and fired a rifle at the man's head. It states the man was struck in the head, but remained conscious. The complaint also states that family members and funeral attendees blocked Boswell from firing again and took the rifle from him.

1 shot, 1 arrested on Fond du Lac reservation

The victim ran from the gym to another area. Meanwhile, Boswell was briefly detained, but left before police arrived, according to the complaint. He was later located and detained in the parking lot, and officers found a bag of suspected heroin and another of suspected methamphetamine in his pockets.

After he was taken to jail, authorities did a search of his cell and found a bag of suspected marijuana on him, the complaint states. Boswell also has prior convictions for violence and was prohibited from having a firearm in his possession.

The shooting prompted lockdowns of the tribal office and the reservation school, but a band spokeswoman later said the lockdowns had been lifted and all employees were sent home.

Authorities previously said the 45-year-old victim, from Minneapolis, suffered injuries that weren't believed to be life-threatening.

Boswell's initial court appearance is set for next Monday. His bail was set at $500,000.

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