Monday, September 15, 2008

Shamrock Shooting Victims Identified

Aitkin County authorities have identified the three people found shot to death in Shamrock Township over the weekend. The Sheriff's Office says it appears that 55-year old John M. Brightman of McGregor shot two other people with a .357-caliber pistol then shot himself. The gun was recovered. The two others are identified as 32-year old Jaime Gage of Minneapolis and 51-year old Mark W. Root of McGregor. Witnesses told investigators Brightman and Root had argued the previous evening, and that the argument may have been over Gage. Autopsies showed that all three people died of gunshot wounds. Authorities were called to the a residence about 1:40am on Saturday by a caller who said two people had been shot. When deputies arrived, they found three people dead around a campfire.

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