UPDATE: Two arrested after shooting in Cass Lake, MN

Published: Mar. 30, 2023 at 2:36 PM CDT
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CASS LAKE, Minn. (Valley News Live) - Much of a small Minnesota town was on lockdown Thursday as officers responded to a shooting.

Cass County Sheriff Bryan Welk says his office received a 911 call just after 11:00 a.m. reporting gunfire with one person possibly shot in the area of 164th Street NW in rural Cass Lake. Deputies and officers from the Leech Lake Tribal Police Department responded and met with two juveniles and their families.

The boys told officers they were driving on 164th Street west of 61st Avenue NW when they encountered two other males on the roadway. While inside their vehicle, the boys say they were shot at and several rounds hit their vehicle. No injuries were reported.

Deputies and officers immediately set up a perimeter and began to search for the two suspects who left the area on foot. The Leech Lake Tribal Police Department closed County Road 60 from Tract 34 to Beaulieuville for more than two hours.

A K9 Team, drones, ATVs and snowmobiles were used in an extensive search of a large wooded area. Two juvenile males were taken into custody without incident and weapons were recovered.

The investigation indicates the juveniles knew each other. The two suspects are being held at a juvenile detention Facility with formal charges pending.

During the incident, several nearby Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe offices and facilities, the Cass Lake Indian Health Services and educational facilities put lockdown procedures into place until the situation was resolved.