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One person wounded in Parshall shooting; school put on lockdown

PARSHALL, N.D. -- One person was wounded in a shooting that scared the communities of Parshall and nearby New Town on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation Thursday morning.

PARSHALL, N.D. -- One person was wounded in a shooting that scared the communities of Parshall and nearby New Town on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation Thursday morning.

Although law enforcement gave few details about the incident, Facebook posts and the Mountrail County newspaper said the shooting was near the Parshall High School, but not in the school with the victim taken to Trinity Hospital in Minot arriving about noon..

One report on Facebook said the shooter was caught later in Max about 60 miles to the east of Parshall. The county newspaper reported that a New Town man was being sought.

The reservation is about halfway between Minot and Williston along the Missouri River.

The Parshall schools and those in New Town, 19 miles to the west,  were put into lockdown, including the college in New Town..

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Parshall businesses and the Three Affiliated Tribes headquarters also were also notified to lock their doors.

Brandy Foote, who works at the Parshall Motor Inn, said it was “scary.”

She said they locked the doors at the motel for a few hours after the incident was reported.

Otherwise, townspeople were left in the dark, too, about whether the shooter was captured

“We haven’t heard anything since,” Foote said.

The lockdown was lifted at about 2 p.m., according to Parshall school superintendent John Weidner.

In a Facebook post, he said, “We are safe and sound, and have been safe and sound all morning.”

Although there were rumors the shooting was in the school, Weidner said it wasn’t true although the school went into “a lockdown only minutes after the incident.”

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The Mountrail County Sheriff’s office and tribal headquarters security said they couldn’t comment on the shooting and wouldn’t even say if the shooter had been caught or if the public was safe as of late Thursday night..

New Town Police Chief James Johns, who was involved in the case, couldn’t be reached either on Thursday night to comment.

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