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From the archive: Survivors discuss the Red Lake shooting

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Cody Thunder described the shooting.
Cody Thunder described the circimstances around his shooting as he spoke to reporters during a press conference at North Country Regional Hospital March 23, 2005 in Bemidji, Minnesota.
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Original broadcast date: March 24, 2005

Cody Thunder, a sophomore at Red Lake High School, was among the seven students injured on March 21, 2005, when 16-year-old student Jeff Wiese opened fire at the school, killing seven others and himself.

Thunder gave a firsthand account of the shooting three days after it happened, while still recovering at North Country Regional Hospital.

He immediately recognized the sound of gunfire when classmate Jeff Weise began shooting, Thunder said. Even so, he couldn't believe what he was seeing when, moments later, Weise peered through a window into his biology classroom.

"I was in shock," Thunder said, "and I didn't think that he — I was, like, 'What is he doing?' And then he ended up shooting. I thought he was messing around. I thought it was a paint-ball gun or something. He had a mean face."

Thunder was shot in the hip.

This story, by MPR News reporter Michael Khoo, aired on March 24, 2005.

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