Man accused in Minn. courthouse shooting dies

December 27, 2011 - 6:50 PM

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A man charged with opening fire in a Minnesota courthouse and wounding two people after being convicted in a sex case has died at a Duluth hospital.

St. Louis County Sheriff Ross Litman tells the Duluth News Tribune (http://bit.ly/vvfDnf) that Daniel Schlienz fell ill Monday night and died Tuesday. He says foul play is not suspected as there were no signs of injuries, either self-inflicted or by someone else.

The 42-year-old Schlienz had been charged with two counts of attempted first-degree premeditated murder.

The criminal complaint says after Schlienz was convicted of criminal sexual conduct, he retrieved a gun from his vehicle and shot Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell and Grand Marais resident Gregory Thompson inside the Grand Marais (MUH-ray) courthouse Dec. 15. Both were hospitalized for five days.