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Investigation Complete: New Town Killer had Meth in his System

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UPDATE:

The FBI has concluded its investigation into the shooting deaths of a grandmother and her three grandchildren in New Town, North Dakota, on November 18, 2012. Kalcie Eagle shot and killed 64-year-old Martha Johnson, 13-year-old Benjamin Schuster, 6-year-old Luke Schuster, and 10-year-old Julie Schuster in their home with a hunting rifle. 

The FBI says Eagle acted alone in the killings. Eagle made statements to witnesses who were interviewed by the FBI admitting his responsibility for the killings and confirmed that his hunting rifle was used.

Eagle committed suicide on November 18, 2012 in Parshall, North Dakota, by cutting his throat with a knife. Autopsy and toxicology examinations revealed Eagle had methamphetamine in his system.

During the investigation, the FBI conducted interviews and collected numerous pieces of physical evidence. The Special Agent in Charge, J. Christopher Warrener said, "The FBI has concluded its investigation into this tragic event in New Town. Many investigative hours were dedicated to this investigation in order to ensure that no additional threats to the community existed. We hope the conclusion of this investigation brings some closure to family members and the community."

 UPDATE:

An FBI spokesman says authorities do not believe there is any threat to the public in the wake of the shooting deaths of a woman and her three grandchildren in the Fort Berthold Reservation community of New Town on Sunday.

Kyle Loven won't say whether a suspect might be in custody or might be dead, citing the ongoing investigation. Mountrail County Sheriff Ken Halvorson told the Minot Daily News that authorities are investigating whether a New Town man's death in Parshall is connected to the New Town killings but he didn't elaborate. 

The five bodies are being brought to Bismarck for autopsies.

New Town School Superintendent Marc Bluestone called off classes Monday because of what he called "the tragedy in our community."

ORIGINAL STORY:

NEW TOWN, N.D. (AP) - A woman and her three grandchildren have been shot and killed in New Town. Authorities are investigating whether a man's death in Parshall is connected. Mountrail County Sheriff Ken Halvorson tells the Minot Daily News that the New Town incident happened about 3 p.m. Sunday, and the death in Parshall about 8:30 p.m. The five bodies are being brought to Bismarck for autopsies. 

The Grand Forks Herald reports that New Town School Superintendent Marc Bluestone called off classes Monday because of what he called "the tragedy in our community." 

New Town is on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in northwestern North Dakota. It is the headquarters for the Three Affiliated Tribes.

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