Belgrade man held in Hawick shooting-one dead, one injured

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 9/2/97.

Brad D. Hagen, 36, Belgrade, was in the Kandiyohi County Jail Tuesday morning charged with two counts of second degree murder, one count of attempted second degree murder, and one count of first degree assault.

Kandiyohi County Sheriff Larry Kleinhuizen reports that at about 5 a.m. Sept. 1. Hagen was arrested for the shooting death of Allen Bloomquist, 38, rural Hawick, and the wounding of Jolynn Bloomquist, 30. Both had been shot several times with a handgun, according the sheriffís department.

Officials from Kandiyohi, Meeker, Stearns and Pope counties had searched the area for Hagen all night, who had left the scene in a black Ford Ranger pickup truck. They were also assisted by the Minnesota State Parol troopers on the ground and in a helicopter.

Hagenís brother, Brian, called Belgrade Police Chief Daran Solbreken at his Belgrade home about 4:45 a.m. Monday telling him to come get his brother. Solbreken called for backup, but they werenít needed. Brian Hagen had taken a handgun away from his brother, Brad, and was holding him until Solbreken arrived at his Belgrade home.

At 7:11 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, Bloomquist had called 911 to report his family was being threatened by an intruder at their home at 23900 N.E. 145th Street, two miles northwest of Hawick. At 7:13 p.m., Todd Watnaas, Raymond, called 911 reporting the couple had been shot. A short time later Dan Evans, a neighbor, arrived at the scene. Evans did CPR on Allen Bloomquist to no avail then went to assist Watnaas in stopping the bleeding on Jolynn Bloomquist until the ambulance arrived.

Allen Bloomquist was found dead in the garage when authorities arrived. Jolynn Bloomquist was taken to Rice Memorial Hospital, Willmar, where she is listed in good condition Tuesday morning. She was found lying outside their home near a clothesline.

Jolynn Bloomquist had apparently lived with Hagen at his trailer home in Belgrade for awhile before moving back to the rural Hawick home about two weeks ago.

Bloomquist is the son of Gordon and Laura (Jones) Bloomquist, Hawick. Funeral arrangements are pending with the Johnson Funeral Home, New London.

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