Charges Pending In Chisholm Shooting

By KBJR News 1

August 6, 2010 Updated Mar 8, 2010 at 7:11 PM CDT

Posted by Sara Niklas

Charges are still pending in connection with a shooting in a Chisholm bar Saturday night that left one man dead two others injured.

Now, we hear from the man who stepped in when the violence erupted
and took action to stop the gunman.

"I don't know what provoked me to do it, but I ran in room where the shooter was, my friends are in there, I just reacted. Jim was struggling with him, I just came in and grabbed a chair hit him over the head and made sure he wasn't going to get back up," said Ryan Simonson.

The gunman in Saturday night's shooting at Jim's Sports Bar and Grill in Chisholm fired five shots from one of his two handguns before Ryan Simonson knocked him unconscious.

40–year-old Ed Walberg didn't survive.

"I knew when I looked at him he was gone," Simonson said.

38–year-old Larry Elj was shot in the arm and 29–year-old Cale Nelson was shot twice in the stomach.

Nelson remains in the hospital and continues to fight for his life.

Authorities say the suspect had several altercations with his ex–wife and other patrons at Jim's before he returned and opened fire.

Mayor Michael Jugovich says what started out as fun evening with a Chamber of Commerce fundraiser quickly turned into a nightmare.

He and others are calling Ryan Simonson a hero.

"He got in there at the right time. It was a stroke of luck that he was there to do that. There were who knows how many other shots in the other gun," said Jugovich.

"I kind of have maybe a little more comfort for what I did," said Simonson.

The suspect is a former Chisholm Police Officer and current employee of the City Works department.

He is facing potential charges of homicide and attempted homicide.