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Tue Nov 20, 2012, 10:43 AM

Grandmother, 3 grandchildren found shot, killed in North Dakota [View all]

Source: Fox News

NEW TOWN, N.D. – A northwestern North Dakota home teemed with FBI investigators Monday as they tried to piece together evidence in the grisly weekend shooting deaths of a woman and three of her grandchildren.

In a nearby community, a man described only as a "person of interest" in the killings apparently killed himself just hours after their deaths.

Martha Johnson, 64, and three of her grandchildren -- Benjamin Schuster, 13, Julia Schuster, 10 and Luke Schuster, 6 -- were gunned down in the home Sunday afternoon, Mountrail County Sheriff Ken Halvorson said. Johnson's husband was out hunting. A fourth grandchild, a 12-year-old boy, was in the home but wasn't hurt and called 911, the sheriff said.
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Both Halvorson and the FBI said they didn't think there was any danger to the public, but New Town, a community of fewer than 2,000 residents, remained on edge Monday. Slayings are relatively rare in North Dakota, which is home to fewer than 700,000 people. FBI statistics show that in 2011, only 24 murders and non-negligent manslaughters occurred.

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More:

Deaths of four people in New Town, fifth death in Parshall being investigated
http://www.minotdailynews.com/page/content.detail/id/570938/Deaths-of-four-people-in-New-Town--fifth-death-in-Parshall-being-investigated.html?nav=5010

New Town mourns victims
http://www.minotdailynews.com/page/content.detail/id/570966/New-Town-mourns-victims.html?nav=5010

‘Our world, our lives, have been changed’
November 20, 2012
By FLINT McCOLGAN - Staff Writer (fmccolgan@minotdailynews.com) , Minot Daily News

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Some community members, such as Glenda Baker Embry, who is the Public Information Officer for the Three Affiliated Tribes, remembered more peaceful times in New Town.

"I remember when you could walk into the grocery store and you would know everyone," said Embry, "a time when you didn't even think about locking your car, you know?"

"We know there have been changes," she said. "Drugs are here and our young people are so impressionable and trying all these things."

Although no links to drugs or gangs have been confirmed by law enforcement regarding the case, concerns for the changes and for New Town's youth were palpable.


http://www.thedickinsonpress.com/event/group/group/News/

Victim of shooting was prominent New Town community member
http://www.thedickinsonpress.com/event/article/id/63182/group/News/

Murders on reservation: Man commits suicide while questioned in deaths of grandma and 3 children
http://www.thedickinsonpress.com/event/article/id/63183/group/News/

Recently, when I hear of crime in North Dakota, I immediately suspect that it resulted from the disruption in life caused by the activity associated with the Bakken shale formation. That does not appear to be a factor here, at least so far. Back in the summer of 1993, I was in Bismarck on business. I recall seeing a huge headline in the newspaper, "Man with knife robs store." That, in Mandan, ND, amounted to a major crime incident.

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