Fight at holiday party at North Shore resort ends in fatal shooting

Author:
Updated:
Original:

Police are investigating a fatal shooting on the North Shore in northern Minnesota, which took place at the end of a holiday party.

The Cook County Sheriff's Office issued a press release saying a man was killed at the Bluefin Bay Resort in Tofte, on the shores of Lake Superior in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Kirk Lee Bigby, 61-year-old man from Finland, Minnesota, is being held in jail having been charged with 2nd degree murder. The date of his first court appearance is not yet known.

This embed is invalid

According to the Sheriff, the incident started at a "holiday gathering" at the resort's Grille restaurant, during which Bigby "came into physical contact" with the victim. He then allegedly pulled a handgun and shot him.

He was later found, as was the gun, in a guest room at the resort, and sustained minor injuries when he became "uncooperative" during his arrest.

The victim has not been identified by the authorities, but KBJR spoke with relatives of the victim who said he's a 35-year-old man.

The owner of the resort Dennis Rysdahl also told the TV station that the shooting happened at the end of a holiday party for Bluefin employees, with the victim said to be an employee of the casino gaming service Bluefin had hired for the gathering.

The Star Tribune notes the town of Tofte is home to approximately 225 people. It is about 80 miles northeast of Duluth, near Lutsen.

The victim will be identified by the St. Louis County Medical Examiner's Office once autopsy and family notifications are complete.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2021-01-18 at 12.27.04 PM

Man's vehicles crushed by hit-and-run driver weren't fully insured

The goal is to raise $25,000 to help the south Minneapolis resident.

Joe Biden

Key points from Joe Biden's first speech as POTUS

The 46th president called for unity at a time America is facing huge challenges.

coronavirus, covid-19

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, January 20

The 111 ICU patients is the fewest in Minnesota since there were 109 COVID patients in intensive care on Oct. 1.

Klobuchar

Here's what Amy Klobuchar said at Joe Biden's inauguration

The Minnesota senator was one of the leader organizers of the inauguration.

covid-19, vaccine

All of this week's COVID vaccine pilot program appointments are filled

Nearly 6,000 Minnesotans who are 65 and older registered for appointments between noon Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

Lane kueng thao chauvin

Osterholm affidavit ahead of George Floyd trial warns of COVID worsening in March

Prosecutors want to delay the Chauvin trial due to a public health threat.

WCCO-AM's Sheletta Brundidge talks with Lil Nas X

830-WCCO host calls for Dave Lee's replacement to be person of color

WCCO-AM has not had a person of color as a weekday daytime host in its history.

Screen Shot 2021-01-20 at 8.57.50 AM

Harmful grass fly larvae found in shipment to International Falls

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials safeguarded the shipment until the threat could be mitigated.

Keith Ellison

Minnesota high schoolers will be reimbursed for canceled European trips

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced a settlement with the travel company Friday.

Donald Trump

Trump pardons Minnesota man convicted on drug charge in 1992

John Harold Wall was among the 143 people granted clemency in one of Trump's final acts as president.

Related