Father and son shot to death in family photo store

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By Sarah Barchus

A father and his teenage son were shot to death Saturday in their family photography store in La Crosse, Wis., the Star Tribune reported.

Family members identified the victims as May's Photo owner Paul Petras, 56, and his 19-year-old son A.J. Petras, the Star Tribune reported.

Police Captain Robert Lawrence said the men were shot around the store's closing time Saturday, about 2p.m., the Pioneer Press reported. No arrests have been made.

A man dining outside at a restaurant across the street from the store called the police after he saw someone run out of the shop screaming for someone to call 911, the Pioneer Press reported. Erin Almquist, bar manager of Fat Sam's Main Street Bistro, said Police arrived on the scene minutes after they were called, around 5p.m.

Lawrence said in a news release that the area has been blocked off and will remain closed until forensic evidence is completed, the Star Tribune reported.

Paul Petras ran the store his father started. A.J. Petras graduated from Aquinas High School in 2011 where he was a part of the ski team, the Pioneer Press reported.

Steve Rose, owner of the next-door jewelry store, said the event was absolutely bizarre and very tragic, the Star Tribune reported. The family's friends grieved over Facebook and created page to remember the Petrases.

Lawrence said the police are doing everything they can to bring in the perpetrator or perpetrators, the Pioneer Press reported. The police ask anyone with information to call 608-785-5962. Callers may remain anonymous.

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