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Police release names of shooting victims, killer

The Cloquet Police Department released the names of those involved in the shooting at the Super 8 Motel on Monday, Jan. 8.

The 22-year-old hotel clerk has been identified as Shellby Marie Trettel of Cloquet. She was transported by ambulance to St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth, where she succumbed to her injuries.

The victim found located inside a vehicle in the parking lot of the motel has been identified as Patrick Jeffrey Roers, 35, of Deer River, Minnesota.

The 32-year-old suspect in the shooting last night has been identified as Nicholas Elliot Lenius of Ramsey, Minnesota. He was found deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"On behalf of the Cloquet Police Department, we extend our heartfelt sympathy to the families and friends affected by the tragic incident," the CPD news release stated. "We share in the community's sorrow and offer our support to all those affected by this profound loss.

"Our department and law enforcement partners are dedicated to working diligently in investigating this incident, aiming to bring clarity and understanding to the circumstances surrounding it as quickly as possible."

Look for more in this week's issue of the Pine Knot News.