Two students attending a northern Wisconsin high school prom were wounded when struck by bullets fired by a teenage gunman who was shot by police and later died, police said Sunday.
The shooting happened outside Antigo High School around 11 p.m. Saturday, near the end of the event, according to WSAW-TV, and the school district said the quick action of staff and police “prevented what might have otherwise been a disaster of unimaginable proportions.”
Police identified the gunman as 18-year-old Jakob Wagner, a former Antigo student. Police said he had acted alone.
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Instead, interim district administrator Donald Childs said he believes Wagner planned to enter the prom and start shooting randomly.
Childs said Wagner was continuing to work on his diploma after failing to graduate with his Antigo class last year.
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A friend of Wagner’s, Dylan Dewey, 18, told the Associated Press that Wagner continued to help out at the school in one of the art classes.
Dewey said Wagner had been dating a girl at the school but that she had broken up with him last month.
Dewey said Wagner was an “all-around good guy” and said he generally seemed happy.
2 students shot outside Wisconsin high school prom, suspect dead
Published April 24, 2016