Suspect Arrested for Allegedly Shooting Woman in Hermantown

Updated: August 31, 2018 07:20 PM

Hermantown police are investigating a shooting from early Friday morning. In a press statement, it said officers responded to the Econo Lodge Hotel around 5am, on reports of shots fired and a woman screaming.


Witnesses reported seeing a man wearing a red sweatshirt shove a woman into an SUV and leave the scene. 

A Hermantown officer found blood on the ground and a shell casing in the parking lot. 

A few minutes later, Duluth Police received a 911 call at 105 Village View Drive, on the report of a woman who had been shot. Officers found her bleeding, in a vehicle. She was able to tell the officers the name of the suspect.

A witness, David Newmarch, was on his porch, and heard the SUV careen into the neighborhood and take out a street sign. "I ran over to see if everybody was ok," he said. "The dude got out of his car and was rummaging around in the trunk. The woman stumbled towards Central Entrance."

Officer spotted the suspect walking with a backpack, and then running away nearby. They arrested him. They said he was wearing a red sweatshirt covered in blood, but did not have the backpack on him any longer.

St. Louis County K-9 Diesel was called in to help located the backpack. Inside the backpack, was a handgun, according to police.

The woman is at St. Luke's where she underwent surgery for her gunshot wound. She is reportedly stable.

Chief Jim Crace said that she had been checked in as a guest at the Econo Lodge. She does know the suspect, but the motive of the shooting is known at this time. They have not been able to speak to her just yet.

"These crimes don't usually happen in our community. But when they do, it's all hands on deck," he told us.

The 21-year-old suspect has been booked on attempted murder, assault, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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