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UPDATED: Two Men Charged in Northfield Thanksgiving Shooting

Schuyler Keaton Brook, 18, is charged with second-degree assault, drive-by-shooting toward a person and a vehicle/building, obstructing an investigation and falsely reporting a crime.

UPDATED: 2:30 p.m. Thursday

A Northfield man is being held in Rice County Jail for his alleged involvement in a near the Northfield and an armed robbery in Faribault.

Schuyler Keaton Brook, 18, is charged with second-degree assault, drive-by-shooting toward a person and a vehicle/building, obstructing an investigation and falsely reporting a crime. He faces up to 30 years in prison and/or $58,500 in fines.

Bryan Charles Groehler, 21, of Burnsville, is also charged for his alleged involvement. He is charged with first-degree aggravated robbery, second-degree assault, intentional discharge of a firearm that endangers safety, reckless discharge of a firearm within a municipality and giving an officer a fale name. He faces up to 32 years in prison and/or $62,000 in fines.

According to a criminal complaint filed with Rice County District Court:

Faribault Police were called to Trucker Inns at about 9:45 p.m. on Thanksgiving for a reported robbery at gunpoint but found no one there. The man who was allegedly robbed followed the vehicle with the people who robbed him. He followed them to County Road 1 on the Northfield/Dundas border where the three people in the vehicle dumped the car and the drive allegedly shot at him.

The man said his wallet with $2000 was stolen after he met the men at Truckers Inn. He said he had borrowed a woman $450 and was still owed $300. He said she told him she didn’t have the money but said he could meet with some men at the Truckers Inn who could pay him back. The man told police that a man, who he and police later identified as Groehler, began to argue with him and pulled out a handgun and demanded all his money, and said, “If you try to follow me I will kill you.”

Groehler is being held in Dakota County on a warrant for theft and probation violation. He was detained on those charges early Friday morning and kept in Rice County Jail until Sunday, when he was transferred back to Dakota County Jail.

After allegedly being held up at Truckers Inn, the man told police he followed the vehicle, calling his girlfriend and asking her to call police. The man said when he tried to pass the car that Groehler, who was driving, shot at him. The man then fell back and followed at a distance. When they got to Dundas the man said the car stopped on County Road 1, Groehler fired two more shots at him and two other people got out and ran.

A Rice County deputy responding to the scene saw a male, later identified as Groehler, walking near the scene. Groehler was sweating and identified himself as Gary Sabby, the complaint says. He was talking fast and not making sense, according to the complaint. He said he just happened to be walking in the area when someone jumped out of a dumpster and threatened to kill him. Groehler was carrying pepper spray, a SOG knife and $1,440. He said he found the money when he was walking and that a black male was shooting at him.

When police searched the vehicle, they found a .44 Remington magazine, 20 gauge Winchester shotgun shells, several used 20 gauge Winchester shells, Remington 870 Express Magnum shotgun, 20 gauge Winchester and several .44 Remington magazine rounds.

Police on Friday found found a handgun in the wooded area by Cub Foods. The gun was reported stolen out of St. Croix, WI.

No one was injured in either incident, said Northfield Director of Public Safety Mark Taylor.


A ‘stolen’ car


Brook called police at about 9:50 p.m. Thursday (the same night) to report that his 1977 Chevy Caprice had been stolen from his Northfield home. A Northfield officer responded to his home just before 11 p.m. to investigate the stolen car, which was later identified as the vehicle used in the robbery and drive-by shooting.

He said the vehicle had been parked in his car and woke up to find it missing. The officer said Brook appeared nervous when talking about the car. The officer told Brook that the car had been found and Brook asked if he could get the contents of the vehicle immediately, according to the complaint.

The charges say when listening back to the 911 call to report the missing vehicle, Brook sounded like he was breathing heavily and that wind and sirens could be heard in the background.

On Monday, two witnesses went to the and said that about 9 p.m. Thursday they received a call from Brook to pick him up at the Dundas because his vehicle had been stolen. After Brook was picked up, the group drove by County Road 1 and Hwy. 3 where the Caprice had been left and Brooke said, “Hey, look at that. I did that,” one of the witnesses told police.

The witnesses said they asked Brook what he was talking about and he replied that he was “screwing” with them and that he was with another guy he knew as Brian and a woman and that they “stole $10,000 in drug money and $10,000 in methamphetamine.” He then said they got in a “shoot out” with the drug dealer and that there were drugs, drug pipes, a revolver and a shotgun in his vehicle.

GPS coordinates from Brook’s 911 call indicate that his phone made the call just south of where his vehicle was found.

Brook went to the Safety Center on Sunday and was informed he was not under arrest and could leave at any time. He told police he and Groehler decided to take a ride to Faribault on Thanksgiving because Groehler wanted to meet someone.

Brook told police that Groehler was in the man’s vehicle and ran back to Brook’s vehicle and drove out of there fast. Groehler was driving, Brook said. He said Groehler shot a handgun at some point and said a female passenger in the back was trying to hide but handed Brook an unloaded shotgun. Brook said he never loaded the shotgun.

He said the money inside the vehicle was not his. He said Groehler brought a “bag of money” in his car after running from the other vehicle at Truckers Inn.

Brook and the female passenger ran from the vehicle when it was stopped on County Road 1, he told police. According to the complaint, police seized a handgun scope from Brook’s bedroom a few weeks earlier. He admitted the scope belonged to the handgun Groehler used in the shooting.

Brook was placed under arrest. He then told police he “freaked out” and didn’t know what to do and that’s why he filed the false police report.

A third witness came forward after Brook was arrested. The witness was in the vehicle that picked up Brook at Kmart and corroborated what the other two witnesses said. Two other witnesses told police about the incident at Truckers Inn and about the chase to Northfield.

Brook is being held on $20,000 conditional bond or $50,000 without conditions. He next appears in Rice County Court on Dec. 14.

Groehler has previously been convicted of third-degree assault and receiving stolen property, both felonies, and disorderly conduct, according to Minnesota Court records.

Because the incident started in Faribault, that police department is leading the investigation. The Northfield Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol and Rice County Sheriff's Office are also assisting on the case.

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A man is being held in Rice County Jail for his alleged involvement in a shooting near the Northfield Cub Foods and armed robbery in Faribault.

Schuyler Keaton Brook, 18, of Northfield, is being held on charges of second-degree assault and drive-by-shooting. He faces up to 30 years in prison and/or $58,500 in fines.

Sgt. Matt Knutson of the Faribault Police Department told Patch the incident started when officers were dispatched at 9:41 p.m. Thursday to the Truckers Inn in Faribault for shots fired during an alleged armed robbery of a man. The man who was allegedly robbed then followed by car who police believe is Groehler.

Less than an hour later, at least seven squad cars surrounded an abandoned four-door sedan near on County Road 1 on the Northfield and Dundas border. That car, as well as a Chevy Blazer believed to be involved in the incident and that was left in the Cub Foods parking lot, were towed away as evidence.

Jake Spitzack, who was waiting outside Target on Thursday night in anticipation for Black Friday, said he heard several shots behind Cub Foods around 10 p.m.

"Me and my cousins heard the shots … we thought it was a car backfiring or something," he said, but said no one saw anything other than officers showing up and searching the area.

Shortly after 11 p.m., a helicopter hovered in the area for 10 to 15 minutes, Spitzack said.

Investigators found one gun Thursday night and a second gun Friday afternoon as they combed the wooded area near Cub Foods, the newspaper reported. No one else has been charged with a crime at this time.

No one was injured in either incident, said Northfield Director of Public Safety Mark Taylor.

Because the incident started in Faribault, that police department is leading the investigation. The Northfield Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol and Rice County Sheriff's Office are also assisting on the case.

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