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Michels Corp. workers involved in fatal ND oil patch shooting

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A Texas man working for Brownsville-based Michels Corp. is accused in a fatal shooting at a worker camp in a western North Dakota oil patch.

Victor Lamont, 24, of Lufkin, Texas, is accused of killing Gerald Schild, 57, of Katy, Texas, and injuring Travis Lomax, 38, of Fort Smith, Ark., who was treated at a Minot hospital and released. Authorities said the shooting happened late Saturday at the crew camp near Tioga. Lamont has been formally charged with murder, attempted murder and terrorizing.

All three men were working for pipeline company Michels Corp., which has said the shooting happened when the men were off work. Lamont also is accused of threatening two other company workers with a gun, Williams County Chief Deputy Verlan Kvande told The Forum newspaper. Authorities have not released details of the incident or a possible motive.

Court documents do not list an attorney for Lamont.

John Mandabach, whose family owns the Houston Motorsports Park racetrack, told the Williston Herald that Schild — who competed in a handful of NASCAR races in the 1970s — has won many races at the local track. The track will dedicate the Aug. 18 races to Schild and hold a moment of silence in his memory.

“I’d be surprised at anyone at our racetrack who doesn’t know who Jerry was and wouldn’t be able to share some humorous story,” Mandabach said. “He’s just a real memorable guy that had a positive impact on anyone he was around.”

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