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Shooting at ND wedding reception leaves one dead, one injured

NEW ROCKFORD, N.D. - A rural Eddy County man is in custody in the shooting death of one person and the wounding of another at a wedding reception here early Sunday, Sheriff Paul Lies said Sunday afternoon.

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NEW ROCKFORD, N.D. – A rural Eddy County man is in custody in the shooting death of one person and the wounding of another at a wedding reception here early Sunday, Sheriff Paul Lies said Sunday afternoon. Lies said that around 1:05 a.m., a shooting occurred at the New Rockford Eagles Club, 7 8th St. S. Two Eddy County deputies were present at the reception and immediately apprehended the suspect, 51-year-old David Troske. Troske did not resist arrest, Lies said, and a small-caliber handgun was recovered at the scene. Formal charges are pending against Troske, he said. Lies said the person who was shot was pronounced dead at the scene. The other victim was transported to a local hospital, then taken to a Bismarck hospital. Lies said he could not release the names of the victim or the condition of the person who was wounded, pending notification of the families. However, a family member identified the person killed.

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Pam Perleberg of Fargo told WDAY-TV that she and her family were at the event at the Eagles Club. Perleberg said her brother, Donnie Perleberg, 41, of Pingree, N.D., was a victim of “being in the wrong place at the wrong time." Perleberg said Donnie was at a table with a woman when a man at the reception shot him from behind. Perleberg said the man also shot the woman beside Donnie. She said the shooter then dropped his gun and surrendered. Lies said he could not comment on the information received from Perleberg. He said he hoped to release the names of the victims on Monday. Perleberg said Donnie was a man that everybody loved, and that he loved his friends, family and community. She said he was also a good farmer, dad, grandfather and brother. Lies said he could not say whether Troske gave sheriff’s deputies any motive for his actions. Lies said Troske could be charged Monday or Tuesday. “The general public is not in danger of being harmed. It was an isolated incident,” Lies said. “Tragic. But isolated.” Lies, who retired from the Fargo Police Department in the spring of 2014, was elected sheriff in November and took office Jan. 1. Forum News Service reporters Adam Ladwig and Amy Unrau contributed to this report.

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Police tape surrounds the Eagles Club in New Rockford, N.D., after a reported shooting took place there early Sunday, September 6, 2015. Adam Ladwig / Forum News Service

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