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Minnesota Super 8 hotel shooting. Shooter didn't know the victims, authorities say

Minnesota Super 8 hotel shooting. Shooter didn't know the victims, authorities say
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10:57 AM EST, March 5, 2024

On Monday, March 4, police provided new information about the January 9 shooting in the small town of Cloquet, which resulted in the death of three people, including the shooter.

According to the Associated Press, on Tuesday, January 9, around 6:30 p.m., a hotel employee called the police and found another employee injured. The officers arrived a few minutes later and found the injured 22-year-old clerk in the hotel. Despite being transported to the hospital, the clerk died. The second shooting victim was a 35-year-old man found dead with several gunshot wounds in a car in a hotel parking lot.

Police also discovered the body of a 35-year-old man with a gunshot wound and a gun next to him. After analyzing the monitoring recordings, it turned out that he was the shooter.

As it turns out, the shooter's name was Nicholas Elliot Lenius, and according to Cloquet police, as ABC News reports, he did not know the victims, and there was no connection between them. Moreover, toxicological tests showed that methamphetamine was present in his blood.

Sources: ABC News, Associated Press

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