BRAINERD, Minnesota. Brainerd, a 29-year-old man, is charged with the murder of a woman Thursday at the Cozy Bay resort on Lake Edward north of Merrifield.
Cameron Jay Moser was charged Monday in Crowe Wing County District Court with a second degree felony, committed with intent, but not willfully, in connection with the shooting of 46-year-old Bethany Ann Bernatzky.
From the criminal case filed against Moser, it is unclear whether he and Bernatsky knew each other and what was the motive for the shooting. The complaint stated that Moser was familiar with Cozy Bay Resort, having previously had a relationship with the daughter of the previous owners, and last week he was in the nearby Mollie Lake RV Park and inquired about her.
However, Crowe County Sheriff Wing Scott Goddard told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that investigators are trying to determine if Moser intended to shoot the 26-year-old daughter, not Bernatsky.
The families of both women agreed that this was possible.
Goddard did not reveal why Moser may have targeted the 26-year-old woman, but her father told the newspaper that the couple had broken up.
Bret Eunning said Moser was angry that his daughter had overcome her addiction to drugs while he continued to abuse drugs himself.
According to the criminal lawsuit brought against Moser:
At 11:04 p.m. Thursday, Crowe Wing County sheriff’s deputies were sent to Cozy Bay Resort to complain about the shooting. The complaint stated that she had heard numerous shots inside and outside the adjacent cabin. Two other people called 911 after hearing gunfire and made reports.
Law enforcement officials found the suspect, later identified as Moser, at 11:22 pm across the street from the Cozy Bay Resort, near the Mollie Lake RV park. According to the complaint, Moser carried a rifle and a pistol.
The officers talked to Moser for the next 90 minutes, during which he held both an AR-style rifle and a silver revolver in his hands. At 12:50 pm, the deputies arrested Moser and took away the weapon. According to the complaint, Moser also had a spare magazine for the rifle.
After Moser was taken into custody, members of the Raven Wing County Tactical Response Team inspected cabins near the site of the original shooting complaint. The investigator went to the front door of the booth where the shooting was taking place and saw that the inner front door was open, allowing him to look inside.
The investigator saw a woman lying at the end of the corridor with a large pool of blood under her head. He also saw two bullet holes in the second front door that opened onto the deck.
Bernatsky was pronounced dead at the scene. Her body was taken to the Ramsey County Forensic Office for autopsy. There she was accurately identified by a tattoo on her body, which, as you know, was a family member there.
In the preliminary conclusion of the forensic medical examination, death was determined as homicide, and the cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds, including a wound to the head.