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December 21, 2001
Native American Press / Ojibwe News

F.B.I. says “foul play suspected” in Red Lake shooting death

by Clara NiiSka

The body of Ronald Wayne Long, Jr., who would have turned 19 on December 18th, was “discovered by Red Lake tribal police, who were on routine patrol” on Saturday, December 22, in a wooded area on Red Lake Indian reservation, according to F.B.I. agent Paul McCabe.  “Foul play is suspected,” said McCabe, and the F.B.I. is “currently investigating.”

The F.B.I. refused to release further information, citing Department of Justice regulations and the F.B.I.’s ongoing investigation.

Press/ON has heard from reliable reservation sources that the deceased was shot “execution-style,” three times in the back of the head, that the bullet wounds had blown off the face, and that Long had to be identified through dental records.

Sources also told Press/ON that there has been a “gang feud” between a Leech Lake gang and a Red Lake gang.  Other sources have indicated that drugs may have also played a role in Long’s death.

Long was the grandson of Patrick “Zabadees” Long of Red Lake reservation.