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28-year-old faces murder charge linked to Enderlin shooting death

ENDERLIN, N.D. -- People in this town of about 900 are "freaking out" after a drive-by shooting left a man dead on a downtown sidewalk this weekend. "Everybody's hurting," resident Delaine Huseby, 50, said on Monday. "We all grew up together. It'...

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Paul A. Miller

ENDERLIN, N.D. -- People in this town of about 900 are "freaking out" after a drive-by shooting left a man dead on a downtown sidewalk this weekend.

"Everybody's hurting," resident Delaine Huseby, 50, said on Monday. "We all grew up together. It's important that we stick together right now."

A 28-year-old man was charged Monday in Ransom County District Court with murder and reckless endangerment in connection with the fatal shooting of Billy Holladay in Enderlin Sunday morning.

Paul A. Miller was booked into the Cass County Jail on Sunday evening and was still being held there late Monday.

Huseby said she knew Miller from when he was a boy.

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"The Miller family is a good family," she said. "This kind of thing is really sad. I don't know what's all involved in this -- everybody has their speculations on it -- but no matter what, I just wish Paul would have thought through before he, you know, I just wish he wouldn't have made that mistake to ruin his life. He's a good kid; he really is."

Residents say the city about 60 miles southwest of Fargo has changed.

"It gives you almost a hollow feeling," Rosemary Neros, 75, said while buying a cinnamon bun at a local gas station. "It's a safe place, but it is changing, and we feel a little bit out of control."

Huseby said Enderlin has developed a serious drug problem. "It wasn't like this when I was a kid," she said. "It's changed."


Two charges filed

A spokesman for the Ransom County Sheriff's Office said the county does not have its own jail, but Miller could be transported to a facility closer to the Ransom County Courthouse, which is in Lisbon, in a day or two.

Fargo Deputy Police Chief Joe Anderson said it is believed that after the shooting Miller turned himself in to relatives, who contacted an attorney and transported Miller to Fargo.

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Anderson said Fargo police were called and Miller was ultimately taken into custody by the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Ransom County authorities said Sunday that the 2:30 a.m. Sunday shooting was not random, but no suspected motive has been released. Ransom County Sheriff Darren Benneweis said that during the incident, the shooter drove by in a pickup and fired a number of shots at Holladay, some of which struck a building.

According to court documents filed Monday:

When officers arrived at the scene, they found Holladay dead on the sidewalk.

Investigators learned that Holladay was returning his 2-year-old nephew to the apartment of the boy's grandmother when the shooting occurred.

Surveillance footage captured the incident, and it showed that Holladay was shot as he was walking the boy to the apartment and the boy was a short distance from him.

Investigators recovered the vehicle used in the shooting and the weapon, even though the gun was initially concealed after the incident, court documents said.

Miller's attorney, Cash Aaland, of Fargo, declined to comment Monday.

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The murder charge is a Class AA felony. It states that Miller intentionally or knowingly caused Holladay's death, or caused his death due to extreme indifference to human life.

The reckless endangerment charge is a Class C felony. It claims that Miller created a substantial risk of serious injury or death when he fired a gun in the vicinity of a young child.


Enderlin still safe

Three large bullet holes were visible Monday on the wall of a building in the 200 block of Third Avenue. At a store across the street from the crime scene, employee Kody Liebenow said the shooting did not represent Enderlin.

"This doesn't affect anything, doesn't make me think any different of this town at all," the 24-year-old said.

Still, he said it was unnerving that the shooting happened so close to his workplace.

"It does get you worried a little bit that something like that could happen here," he said. "But for me, thinking about it, there was a reason why that guy was here ... there was something deeper behind it than just shooting a guy on the side of the street."

Huseby also said she felt the shooting was "personal." As a result, she said she is not scared to walk downtown.

Residents agree that this is likely the first drive-by shooting in Enderlin history.

"We don't have people going around and killing around here," Huseby said. "This has never happened before, and I hope it never happens again."

She added that Enderlin might be in need of some "outside help."

"I hope to God that the cops and the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) and the feds come into this place and start cleaning Enderlin up," she said. "Maybe we need some outside help to get things going, but something should be done."

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