Ryan Simonson

By KBJR News 1

August 6, 2010 Updated May 20, 2010 at 1:19 AM CDT

Posted by Kevin Jacobsen

Ryan Simonson calls it a knee jerk reaction. It’s a reaction that has people calling him a hero.

What had started as a fun day for the Chisholm Chamber of Commerce quickly turned terrifying. On the night of March 6th, 47-year-old Jason Musburger allegedly opened fire inside Jim's Sports Club Bar and Grill.
Ed Walberg died on the spot. Larry Elj and Cale Nelson were wounded.

"Shock. Complete Shock. I never expected that would happen in such a small town,” said Ryan Simonson.

A self described easy going guy, 27-year-old Ryan Simonson was at the bar that night. Earlier in the evening he stepped in to break up an argument between Musburger and several other patrons. Musburger left the bar after that but Simonson says the former Chisholm police officer, soon returned.

"His hand was inside his coat pocket and he's going up the stairs,” said Simonson. “I didn't think anything of it."

"It wasn't 30 seconds later after I saw him walk in I just heard gunshots and people are screaming.

While others ducked or ran away Simonson headed toward the shooter.

"I came in and just saw that he was struggling with him and I hit him with a chair a couple of times and knocked him on the ground."

After knocking the shooter unconscious, Simonson turned to help Ed Walberg who had fallen to the ground.

He wasn't moving.

He wasn't breathing.

Cale Nelson was also on the ground he'd taken two shots to the stomach and was bleeding heavily. Simonson immediately went to his aid.

Simonson says he doesn't feel he was courageous for his actions.
He says he just did what he could.

"I just feel obligated to do something you know, just like a reaction, more like a instinct reaction," he said.

It’s a reaction that potentially saved other lives.

"I didn't think anything of it. I just knew it had to stop."

The alleged shooter, Jason Musburger, is being held on $3 million dollara bail in connection with the shooting. He faces multiple charges including second degree murder and first and second degree attempted murder.

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