Chisholm Shooting Victim Speaks Out

By KBJR News 1

August 6, 2010 Updated Mar 10, 2010 at 8:24 AM CST

Posted by Sara Niklas

Charges won't be filed until Thursday in connection with a triple shooting in Chisholm over the weekend that killed one man and injured two others, Chisholm police say.

Meanwhile, one of the victims is speaking out about his life altering experience.

"To hear it go off, to see it go off, to smell the gun powder; the smoke...it's something I just can't stop from replaying," said victim Larry Elj.

Larry Elj never thought he'd be a victim of domestic violence.

But that's exactly what authorities are calling Saturday night's shooting in Chisholm—an instance of domestic violence that happened in public.

The suspect who is a former Chisholm police officer and current city employee, confronted his ex–wife and other bar patrons several times before returning with two hand guns and firing five shots.

40–year-old Ed Walberg was a bystander who lost his life.

"Domestic violence has now affected our entire community. Everybody is more aware of the lethality of domestic violence," said Sasha Anderson of Range Women's Advocates.

Ed will be added to the Minnesota Coalition For Battered Women's Femicide report.

The femicide report is a list of all women, children, family, friends and bystanders killed as a result of domestic violence.

As for Larry Elj, he says the experience has given him a new level of awareness.

"The next time I'm around an argument, I'm going to leave, the situations going to be done for me. I'm going to get my wife and relatives and leave, and maybe it won't escalate, but I don't know that I'll ever take that chance again," said Elj.

Range Women's Advocates encourage anyone who witnesses a domestic dispute or argument to contact authorities. They say awareness and action could potentially prevent another tragedy like this one from happening.

29–year-old Cale Nelson who was shot twice in stomach was upgraded from critical to serious condition today at Saint Mary's Hospital in Duluth.

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