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


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.

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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.

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