2007-10-08 : Six shot dead at US high-school party


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2007-10-08 : Six shot dead at US high-school party

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Six shot dead at US high-school party

08 October 2007 07:20

A police officer in a small town in northern Wisconsin on Sunday shot dead
at least six young people, including a 14-year-old girl, at a house party
before he was shot and killed by a police sniper.

News reports from Crandon, a close-knit town of 2 000 people, suggested the
suspected shooter and his victims were part of the same circle of friends
-- high school students and recent graduates, who had gathered on Saturday
night to celebrate a high school football victory.

Six people were reported killed at the party, in a white clapboard house in
the centre of town. A seventh was critically injured in hospital on Sunday.

At least three of the dead were high school students, including a
17-year-old believed to have been a former girlfriend of the suspected
shooter. Another of the victims, Lindsey Stahl, was 14. Her mother, Jenny
Stahl, told reporters her daughter had called home to ask permission to
sleep at a friend's house on Saturday night.

"I'm waiting for somebody to wake me up right now. This is a bad, bad
dream," the weeping mother told local reporters. "All I heard it was a
jealous boyfriend and he went berserk. He took them all out."

The horror of the episode was deepened by the familiarity of many in
Crandon with both victims and the suspected shooter, as well as the youth
of all of those involved.

The suspected killer, a sheriff's deputy who also worked part-time as a
town policeman, was 20. Police said he was off duty at the time of the

"He was an A student. He was a good kid," Frank Bocek, a local resident
told CNN. "You would never have thought this would come from a young kid
like that."

Cody Hanson (17) a classmate of two of the victims, was also shocked. "I've
seen him, I've talked to him. He doesn't seem like the kind of guy who
would do that," he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The rampage appears to have started on what should have been a festive
weekend -- the annual autumn homecoming ritual when recent graduates return
to their high school.

A group of friends had gathered in an apartment within a large white framed
house when the suspected shooter arrived shortly before 3am, according to
news reports.

Local residents who lived a few doors away from the house, shown on
television behind police barricades on Sunday, described hearing the sounds
of gunshots at about 3am local time. "I heard probably five or six shots, a
short pause and then five or six more," Marci Franz, a local resident, told
the Associated Press. "I wasn't sure if it was gunfire initially. I thought
some kids were messing around and hitting a nearby metal building."

Then she heard eight louder shots and tyres squealing, she said.

It was unclear how or when the episode ended, but the town mayor, Gary
Bradley, told reporters the shooter had been shot dead by a police sniper.
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