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Man injured in Dickinson trailer park shooting

Dickinson Police Detective Kylan Klauzer investigates a crime scene where a shooting took place in the early morning hours Friday at a Dickinson, N.D., trailer park. (Photo by Dustin Monke)1 / 2
A window of the trailer was broken in the shooting that happened early Friday morning at a Dickinson, N.D., trailer park. (Press Photo by Dustin Monke)2 / 2

DICKINSON, N.D. -- Dickinson police were searching for the person who shot a 41-year-old man early Friday morning during an attempted burglary at a Dickinson trailer park.

According to a police statement, a man who concealed his face and was armed with a “long gun” arrived at a camper at Heather’s Villa Trailer Park demanding money and drugs. The suspect then fired a number of rounds into the camper after a brief altercation at the doorway with the four people residing there. The suspect then ran, police said.

Officers were called at 3:12 a.m.

The suspect “quickly fled the area on foot,” according to a police statement.

Daniel Paul Aiello, who is originally of Florida and moved to Dickinson in 2011, said he lives in the camper and that the man who came to the door “was determined to shoot.”

Aiello said he and his guest, who was shot, were awake when the suspect knocked on their door and pointed a gun at them. Aiello said the man shot at three times and told him “I’m going to kill ya.” Eventually, Aiello said he tried to get the gun away from the man. He used objects around the camper to try and fight off the man, including a large cat scratching post that was outside the camper and was later among the objects confiscated as evidence by investigators.

“It’s not fun dodging a whole bunch of bullets and seeing an orange flame come out of the end of a barrel like that,” Aiello said.

A person was taken into custody for questioning and was later released.

The gunshot victim had been a guest of the camper’s residents. He was shot in a “lower extremity” and was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where he was treated and released. His identity has not been released.

A window on the trailer was broken and a shotgun shell was seen lying on the front yard Friday morning as Detective Kylan Klauzer investigated the scene.

Police say the public is not believed to be in any danger.

Yolanda Suggs, a trailer park resident, said she was asleep when she heard arguing and then shots fired.

“We didn’t know where it was coming from,” Suggs said. “It was really scary. We could hear people arguing and screaming, but we didn’t know what it was.”

Dustin Monke

Monke came to The Dickinson Press in July 2006 as the newspaper's sports editor and was hired as its managing editor in March 2013. During his tenure at The Press, Monke has won multiple awards for sports reporting, feature reporting, column writing, page design and photography. He was a key part of The Press winning the North Dakota Newspaper Association's General Excellence and Sweepstakes awards in 2009 and 2012, and oversaw The Press' Sweepstakes and General Excellence wins in 2014, as well as its national first-place honors for Community Leadership in the Inland Daily Press Association and contributed to the first-place Inland award for Investigative Reporting. As the newspaper's editor, he writes an occasional Sunday column, is a member of The Press' Editorial Board, contributes feature stories and breaking news, designs pages, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and editorial staff. In his free time, he enjoys watching sports and action movies, exercises whenever his schedule allows, and spends every minute he can with his wife and son.

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