It seems that there may be more to the story of the tragic school shootings on the Red Lake Indian reservation in Minnesota last week. The echoes Of Columbine where already there; the trenchcoat, asking victims if they believe in God then shooting them when they said "yes." The only thing missing was an alleged partner - at least until today.
RED LAKE, Minn. Mar 28, 2005 (AP) - The juvenile son of the tribal chairman has been arrested in connection with last week's shootings on a Minnesota Indian reservation, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation said Monday.As more information comes to light it appears that a Columbine-style plan may have been in the works. Monica Davey reports in The New York Times:
Louis Jourdain, son of Floyd Jourdain Jr., was arrested Sunday, the source told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity. The younger Jourdain was arrested as part of an investigation into a potentially wider plot, the source said.
Nine people were killed, including seven at Red Lake High School, in last week's attack before the 16-year-old gunman, Jeff Weise, took his own life.
The government official who was briefed on the case said that as the F.B.I.'s behavioral scientists and profilers studied the shootings, they saw some contradictory information and began to doubt, based on his personality traits, that Mr. Weise had acted alone.The story may be transforming from a case of a single depressed and deranged youth to a group plotting a sick and twisted bit of tribute to the Columbine High School killers, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris.
As a result, this official said, investigators uncovered evidence that Mr. Weise and Mr. Jourdain had discussed a larger-scale armed attack on the school or some other type of violent act. The elder Mr. Jourdain could not be reached for comment Monday. Last week, standing beside F.B.I. leaders at a news conference, he described the shooting as the "darkest day" in tribal history.
...As Red Lake spent another day burying its dead, some there who have been interviewed by the federal authorities said they believed that the investigation of the shooting plot appeared to be spreading - perhaps to others among the small group Mr. Weise spent time with at the high school.
Those who were acquainted with Mr. Weise say he was deeply depressed, favored a Nazi philosophy and sometimes watched violent films with his small group of somewhat outcast Goth friends at Red Lake.