Shooting rampage in Wisconsin
An off-duty sheriff’s deputy killed six young people and critically injured one person early Sunday at a gathering at a home in Crandon, Wisconsin before authorities brought him down, officials said.
The gunman, 20-year-old Tyler Peterson, worked full-time as a Forest County deputy sheriff and part-time as a Crandon police officer, said Police Chief John Dennee.
The survivor was hospitalized in nearby Marshfield, Denne said. A Crandon police officer who fired back at Peterson was treated for minor injuries and released.
Dennee said the state Department of Criminal Investigation will handle the case because the suspect was a deputy and officer.
The rampage happened in a white, two-story duplex about a block from downtown Crandon where the young people had gathered for pizza and movies, according to Denne. According to the Guardian Unlimited, a witness told local radio station WTMJ that the shooting happened just before 3 a.m.
Three of the victims were recent graduates of the small town’s high school, and three were students, Crandon High School Superintendent Richard Peters said.
Peterson was not working at the time of the shooting, Sheriff Keith Van Cleve said.
Gary Bradley, mayor of the city of about 2,000, said Sunday that the suspect had been taken down by a sniper, but Van Cleve would not confirm that officers shot the suspect.
According to The Associated Press, it wasn’t immediately apparent what the gunman’s motive was, but the mother of a 14-year-old victim said the suspect may have been a jealous boyfriend.
Crandon is about 225 miles north of Milwaukee. The Crandon School District called off classes Monday.
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