Now seven are dead. 2 were wounded.
People are questioning his young age, his lack of a psychological exam before getting his job, whether the rifle is his law enforcement rifle, and whether a police sniper killed him or if he killed himself.
While all that is going on, a community is crushed, in shock, and swallowed in brokenheartedness.
Statement from Deputy Tyler Peterson's family:
Our hearts go out to the victims, their families and their friends. We are grieving for your losses. We are very sorry for what has happened. This huge tragedy has deeply affected everyone, including us. We also feel a tremendous amount of guilt and shame for the horrible acts Tyler committed. We are struggling to respond, like most of you. We do not know what we should do. Like us many of you are asking why and looking for answers. There is nothing that happened before or after yesterday's events that has given any insight into why. We may never receive the answers we all seek. Like those close to Tyler we are in shock and disbelief he would do such terrible things. This was not the Tyler we knew and loved. We do not know how to act. We want to express our love and support to everyone affected, but are unsure what would be apppropiate. We are hurting for all of your losses, as well as ours. May God bless you all. You are in our thoughts and prayers.Crandon asks: Why?
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
By TOM HELD
Oct. 8, 2007
...an off-duty law enforcement officer killed six people in a barrage of 30 rounds from a semiautomatic rifle. The gunman, Forest County Sheriff's Deputy Tyler Peterson, 20, died roughly 12 hours after the massacre, during an encounter with members of the tactical unit on which he served. Peterson and the officers exchanged gunfire on property in the Town of Argonne, where the fugitive had gone to seek refuge with family friends...
Peterson's six victims: Jordanne Murray, 18; Katrina McCorkle, 18; Lianna Thomas, 18; Bradley Schultz, 20; Aaron Smith, 20 or 21; and Lindsey Stahl, 14. Another victim, Charlie Neitzel, 21, remained in serious condition late Monday at St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield... While Peterson's motives remain a mystery, much attention was focused on his relationship with one of his victims: Murray, his former high school sweetheart. Crandon Police Chief John Dennee said the two dated for several years, broke up some time ago, and continued "on again, off again"... Peterson went to Murray's apartment late in the night, then left after an argument. He went to his pickup truck and returned with a gun, forced his way in and opened fire around 2:45 a.m. Sunday. Authorities identified the rifle as an AR-15, the same type used by the Crandon Police Department tactical unit. Neither Van Hollen nor others would confirm whether the gun Peterson used had been issued to him by the police or sheriff's departments. But friends who saw Peterson after the shooting said it was the same gun... Peterson fired numerous shots at a squad car driven by a fellow Crandon officer, Greg Carter, who was responding to a call of shots fired. Carter was injured by flying glass... Chief Dennee said that Peterson had passed all of the department's background checks and screening processes. He did not, however, undergo a psychological exam before being hired. The Crandon department does not require the exam, although pre-employment psychological testing has been the national standard in law enforcement for some 30 years, police practices expert Melvin L. Tucker said Monday. Many departments screen officers a second time if they are assigned to a special unit. Peterson was assigned to such a unit, the Forest County Emergency Response Team...