Suspect’s lawyer describes Minn. courthouse attack

Published 11:09 am Friday, December 16, 2011

GRAND MARAIS, Minn. — The attorney for a man accused of shooting a prosecutor and another man in a Minnesota courthouse says he dragged one bleeding victim to safety before re-entering the courthouse to warn workers.

John Lillie III told the Star Tribune ( he was speaking to client Daniel S. Schlienz’s mother minutes after Schlienz was convicted of sexual misconduct when he heard a shot ring out inside the Cook County courthouse.

Lillie says he dragged wounded Grand Marais resident Gregory Thompson outside before re-entering the courthouse to warn workers. He says County Attorney Tim Scannell was bleeding from three gunshot wounds and he wrapped Scannell’s belt around his leg to stanch the bleeding.

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Schlienz is in custody. Scannell was listed in fair condition Friday and Thompson was in good condition.