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Red Lake Gunman Was Wounded, Deputy Says

Associated Press
Thursday, March 31, 2005; Page A07

RED LAKE, Minn., March 30 -- The 16-year-old gunman in the Red Lake High School shootings was wounded by tribal police officers before retreating to a classroom and taking his own life, according to an account by a sheriff's deputy.

Jeff Weise killed himself with a shotgun after being hit in the hip and leg, according to the e-mailed account obtained by the Associated Press. The deputy also wrote that "the entire school" was "covered with blood," and said there were bullet holes "everywhere."

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Weise killed nine people in the March 21 rampage, including seven at the high school, before killing himself.

The description by Polk County Sheriff's Deputy James Goss, sent to family members on March 26, was based on a tour he said he was given by an FBI agent while Goss was providing security near the school.

Reached at work Wednesday, Goss confirmed the e-mail was his but said he could not comment further without talking to his supervisors. An FBI spokesman did not return a phone call seeking comment.

No court proceedings took place Wednesday for Louis Jourdain, 16, who was arrested over the weekend as a possible accomplice. He is the son of Red Lake Band of Chippewa Chairman Floyd Jourdain Jr.


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