ONAMIA — A 23-year-old Onamia man and a 21-year-old Onamia woman are in custody in Mille Lacs County Jail, pending charges that stem from a drive-by shooting Thursday in the Grand Casino Hotel parking lot in Onamia, reported Mille Lacs County Sheriff Brent C. Lindgren.
Lindgren reported that at 4 p.m., the Mille Lacs Sheriff 911 communications received a call of someone being shot in the parking lot in front of the Grand Casino. The victim was later identified as Dale Clinton White Jr., 19, Isle, who had been shot in the back and was presently up in a hotel room on the fifth floor of the Casino Hotel.
Mille Lacs Tribal Police responded to the area and secured the immediate parking lot area east of the Grand Casino Hotel recovering shell casings as evidence of a shooting and tended to the victim until Mille Lacs Health System ambulance and paramedics arrived on scene. The victim was transported to the Mille Lacs Health Systems Hospital where he was treated and released with non-life-threatening injuries sustained from an apparent bullet grazing his back.
Mille Lacs Grand Casino surveillance was able to assist law enforcement with identifying the suspect vehicle as a truck through video footage. The description of the suspects was given out to all area law enforcement and a short time later the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s office located the possible suspect vehicle at the SuperAmerica gas station in Garrison occupied by two individuals. SuperAmerica’s video indicated that the suspect vehicle was occupied by a male and female. When a Crow Wing County Sheriff deputy attempting to stop the suspect vehicle in Garrison the truck fled onto Lake Mille Lacs and headed in a southeasterly direction. The squad car was unable to pursue the suspect’s vehicle.
At this time a perimeter of Mille Lacs Lake was set up using Isle, Onamia, Mille Lacs Tribal and Baxter police departments, Crow Wing County, Mille Lacs County, Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota DNR, Mille Lacs Tribal DNR, the Minnesota State Patrol and North Central Drug Task Force Agents. Covering exits of the lake with air support from the DNR and state patrol and resort owners monitoring their roads for the suspect vehicle.
Mille Lacs Tribal DNR agents went out on snowmobile patrol and located the suspect vehicle abandoned southwest of Rainbow Island in Vineland bay near the shore line. Mille Lacs Sheriff’s K-9 “Yazz” tracked two suspect footprints from the abandoned vehicle to Migizi Drive to where there was evidence of a second vehicle involved in picking up the two.
Through investigation; video, vehicle and officer intelligence, a person of interest was developed and surveillance of several homes in the area led to North Central Drug Task Force Agents initiating a traffic stop of a 4-by4- Bronco vehicle leaving a residence occupied by four individuals, one of which was a female. That Bronco’s tire impressions appeared to match the Migizi Drive impressions and the female person of interest was identified as a 21-year-old Onamia woman. Crow Wing deputy confirmed that she was the female occupant in the truck earlier in Garrison that fled onto Lake Mille Lacs. The shoes she was wearing appeared to match the Migizi Drive shoe prints as well and she was taken into custody.
Through additional investigation, a 23-year-old Onamia man was identified as a person of interest and was believed to be at a home in the 43000 block Oodena Drive. Upon officers establishing a permitter of that residence and calling him out, he came out of the residence without incident and was taken into custody.
A search of 43785 Oodena Drive by officers uncovered a loaded pistol with ballistic tip rounds.
Officers later executed a search warrant at 16740 Ataage Drive, the home of the Onamia man and recovered 9mm, 22 and 38 ammunition rounds, as well as a holster.
The man and woman are in jail pending charges in Mille Lacs and or Crow Wing County. The investigation is ongoing and continues.
Anyone with further information is asked to contact the Mille Lacs Tribal Police or the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s office at 320-983-8250.
Lindgren reports that all involved are to be commended for their efforts to aid in the identification of the suspect vehicle and persons of interest. With all of these agencies communication on the new radio infrastructure, everything worked well with the coordinated efforts and the communication staff of Aitkin, Crow Wing and Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office as well as the Brainerd State Patrol all working well together coordinating and assisting search efforts which led to a successful resolution to a tragic event.