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Gunman dead at Wis. prom shooting

Two students were shot in the parking lot as they left the prom at their Wisconsin high school on April 23. The gunman, who had attended the school, at least through 2015, was fatally shot by police. His two victims sustained non-life-threatening injuries, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.

Jakob E Wagner was fatally shot by police (from his Facebook page, posted in January)

The victims have not been identified. The Police Department in Antigo, Wisconsin, where the shooting occurred, released the following statement:

Saturday night, April 23, 2016, at approximately 11:00 PM, an individual arrived at the Antigo High School prom with a rifle and began shooting while outside the entrance to the building. Two students who were attending prom festivities were shot as they exited the building. City of Antigo officers who were patrolling the parking area heard shots fired, and one of those officers was able to fire upon the shooter, stopping the threat to additional attendees. The officer’s immediate response prevented further injuries and possible casualties. The initial investigation and officer response indicate this was a lone shooter, and a search warrant is being executed at his residence seeking any additional information pertaining to this incident.

The department was informed that at 1:06 AM [Sunday], the lone male shooter, Jakob E Wagner, 18, passed away after lifesaving measures at a nearby hospital. One female victim was treated for a gunshot wound at [Aspirus Langlade Hospital in Antigo] and was subsequently released. One male victim is currently undergoing surgery for non-life-threatening injuries.

“Tonette and I send our thoughts and prayers to the students of Antigo High School, their families, and the community of Antigo,” the paper quoted Governor Scott Walker as saying in a statement, referring to his wife, Tonette. “We pray for the full recovery of those injured, and we praise the response of the Antigo Police Department which undoubtedly saved lives.”

As a safety precaution, authorities kept students at the school until about 2 AM, three hours after the prom had ended.

The shooter may have been a student at Antigo who was a senior last year but had failed to graduate with his class. The relationship between him and the two victims was not immediately reported. Antigo is a small town, population around 8,000, located 35 miles northeast of Wausau. Antigo High School serves about 750 students.

Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.

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