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Victim in Hoople shooting has condition upgraded

A Park River, N.D., man who was shot early Thursday morning while he was in his van in a warehouse north of Hoople, N.D., has had his condition upgraded.

A Park River, N.D., man who was shot early Thursday morning while he was in his van in a warehouse north of Hoople, N.D., has had his condition upgraded.

A spokeswoman from Sanford Health System in Fargo said Saturday that Thomas Scott Denault, 43, is in satisfactory condition.

Denault and Sierra Dawn Hobbs, 18, Crystal, N.D., were shot at about 4:51 a.m. while they were in Denault's van at a Northern Valley Growers potato warehouse, officials said.

Jason Alan Mize, 29, of Hoople, has been arrested and charged in the shootings. He faces a count of attempted murder for allegedly shooting Denault and a count of attempted manslaughter for allegedly shooting Hobbs.

According to Walsh County State's Attorney Barbara Whelan, Denault was living is his van and would pull it into the warehouse on cold nights.

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The criminal complaint said the Mize and Denault had a dispute about a woman at the warehouse earlier in the night. Whelan would not say what Hobbs' relationship was to the two men.

Attempted murder is a Class A felony, punishable by 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Attempted manslaughter is a Class B felony with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Hobbs has already been released from Altru Hospital in Grand Forks.

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