Louis Jourdain, 15, the son of Red Lake band tribal Chairman Floyd Jourdain Jr., has been arrested on federal charges stemming from last week’s deadly school shooting on the Red Lake Indian Reservation, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Jourdain is a student at Red Lake Senior High School where Jeff Weise fatally shot five students, a teacher and a security guard before killing himself. One source said Jourdain and Weise exchanged e-mails that discussed Weise’s intent to go on a shooting rampage at the school.
Floyd “Buck” Jourdain, the charismatic leader of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa, attended a court hearing yesterday in Duluth but declined to comment. The hearing was closed because the defendant is a juvenile. Weise, a self-described loner who was on anti-depressants and had had a troubled family life, was a prolific writer whose postings were scattered across numerous Internet discussion forums and chat groups. They ranged from his flirtation with neo-Nazism to writing ghoulish short stories about zombies to discussions about Bigfoot. The e-mails allegedly exchanged by Weise and Jourdain were reportedly discovered during a forensic “autopsy” of Weise’s computer at the Red Lake home of his grandmother, where he lived.