Authorities make arrest in Tioga crew camp shooting

Associated Press

TIOGA, N.D. (AP) — A man was in custody Monday after a weekend shooting that left one person dead and another wounded at a crew camp in the western North Dakota oil patch.

The Williams County Sheriff's Office said Victor Scott Lamont, 24, of Lufkin, Texas, was arrested on a murder charge. Lamont did not immediately make a court appearance to be formally charged.

The shooting was reported at 10:15 p.m. Saturday at the Wanzek camp near Tioga. Sheriff Scott Busching said the circumstances are still under investigation.

Gerald Schild, 57, of Katy, Texas, was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Travis Lomax, 38, of Fort Smith, Ark., was flown to a Minot hospital for treatment. Sgt. Detective Steve Armstrong said Lomax has been released.

Armstrong said all three men worked for the Michels pipeline company.

Michels spokesman Thad Nation said the incident occurred when the men were off work. He said the company has encouraged all its employees to cooperate with the ongoing investigation into the shooting.

The company has contacted camp operator Wanzek to see how safety can be improved at the site, Nation said.

"The camp has an expressed policy prohibiting both alcohol and firearms at the camp," he said.