Latest: Mother of accused prom shooter: Son no monster

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Posted: Apr 25, 2016 6:37 PM
Latest: Mother of accused prom shooter: Son no monster

ANTIGO, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting outside a northern Wisconsin high school during prom (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

The mother of a man accused of shooting two people outside a Wisconsin prom says her son "wasn't a monster."

Lorrie Wagner talked to The Associated Press briefly outside her home in Antigo on Monday. Police say her son, 18-year-old Jakob Wagner, shot and wounded two people with a rifle Saturday night before he was killed by police outside Antigo High School.

Lorrie Wagner said she had just come from a funeral home to make arrangements for her son, a former Antigo High student whom she called "my baby." She said she hoped his death "shines light on bullying and how deeply it affects people."

At least two of Jakob Wagner's classmates said he was bullied.

Police haven't said what they think caused Wagner to carry out the shooting.

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3:30 p.m.

A police chief in northern Wisconsin says an 18-year-old gunman killed by police after opening fire on young people coming out of a prom in northern Wisconsin arrived on a bicycle armed with a rifle.

Chief Eric Roller said at a news conference in Antigo on Monday that Jakob E. Wagner opened fire as four people were leaving the dance. Two people were wounded.

Roller said the two people who weren't hit tended to the two shooting victims, tying a necktie around a wounded male student's leg as a tourniquet.

The wounded male student's family released a statement through Roller saying their 18-year-old son is "doing well" after coming through "a long surgery." They also asked for privacy.

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3 p.m.

The police chief in a northern Wisconsin town where a gunman wounded two prom-goers before being killed by police says his officers prevented a larger tragedy.

Chief Eric Roller at a news conference Monday afternoon in Antigo said their response "saved a lot of lives" by preventing the shooter from ending up inside the dance.

Roller said his department regularly trains for "active shooter situations" and that officers regularly staff school events.

Roller also said 18-year-old Jakob E. Wagner arrived on a bicycle armed with a rifle and that investigators didn't recover any other weapons.

He didn't reveal a suspected motive for the shooting.

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1:15 p.m.

The parents of one of two students wounded by an 18-year-old gunman who was killed by police outside a Wisconsin high school say their son is doing well after a long surgery to repair his injuries.

A statement Monday from the wounded male Antigo High School student's parents says the 18-year-old has come through a long surgery and will recover with time and effort.

He and his girlfriend were shot Saturday night when Jakob Wagner opened fire outside the school during prom. Police say an officer on patrol shot and killed Wagner.

The wounded male student's parents released a statement through Antigo police saying they were thankful for their son's girlfriend and two other friends on the scene who acted bravely and calmly in light of the circumstances. Authorities said the girlfriend suffered a graze wound.

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10:20 a.m.

Gov. Scott Walker is calling for more discussion about bullying in the wake of a shooting outside a high school prom in northern Wisconsin.

Authorities say 18-year-old Jakob E. Wagner shot and injured two prom-goers outside the school with a high-powered rifle before police killed him Saturday evening.

Asked about gun control Monday, Walker told reporters the bigger issue is how to deal with individuals like Wagner.

He says he has heard news reports that Wagner was bullied and that rather than imposing more controls on firearms, authorities should address bullying and mental health, as well as teaching students how to resolve disagreements peacefully.

Walker says he doesn't think he's heard anyone talk about banning rifles in Wisconsin, saying, "if you did, you wouldn't have hunting here."

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6:45 a.m.

Students are heading back to classes at a northern Wisconsin high school where a teenager shot two people during prom before he was killed by a police officer.

Administrators at Antigo High School say it's important that students have access to support from counselors and others who will be available at all the district's schools Monday. Officials say there will be a heightened police presence around the high school over the next few days.

Authorities say 18-year-old Jakob E. Wagner was armed with a high-powered rifle and shot two prom-goers outside the school Saturday night before he was killed by police.

A school district administrator said it appeared Wagner intended to go into the dance and start shooting randomly.

Officials say the two shot by Wagner are expected to recover.

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1:12 a.m.

Officials are praising the response to a shooting that wounded two people who were leaving a high school prom in northern Wisconsin.

Police say 18-year-old Jakob E. Wagner wounded two prom-goers outside the school Saturday night before he was killed by police.

Investigators have not discussed a possible motive. But the interim district administrator said it appeared Wagner intended to go into the dance and start shooting randomly.

Gov. Scott Walker says in a statement that the actions of the Antigo Police Department "undoubtedly saved lives."

The Unified School District of Antigo says the "quick actions" taken by police and district staff to secure the building "prevented what might have otherwise been a disaster of unimaginable proportions."