Skip to comments.Wisconsin Town in Shock Over Shootings
Posted on 11/22/2004 12:41:19 PM PST by Mr.Atos
Wisconsin town in shock over shootings
Duluth News Tribune
RICE LAKE, Wis. - The community where eight people were shot, five of them fatally, after a hunting dispute Sunday was trying to absorb the horror of the incident today.
"The community is in shock," said Glen Ruie of Rice Lake. "These people weren't murdered. It was a massacre. We're all just trying to cope with it."
Mike Neil, a salesman at Link Motors in Rice Lake, where two of the shooting survivors work, said, "This is insane. This doesn't happen around here."
He predicted that the incident would lessen hunters' enthusiasm for heading out into the woods, at least in the short term.
Meanwhile, the most seriously injured survivor of the Northwestern Wisconsin shooting spree was listed in critical condition today at Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake.
The two other men who were shot but survived are in stable condition, said Dr. Lynn Koob, general surgeon at the Rice Lake hospital. All three men were described as in their 40s and 50s and are from Rice Lake. Each was shot once, Koob said.
Five people, one a woman and one a teenage boy, were killed following a dispute over the use of a tree stand. Chai Vang, 36, of St. Paul was arrested several hours after the shootings and is being held in the Sawyer County Jail.
The patient in critical condition, Denny Drew, suffered a gunshot wound that penetrated his abdomen from side to side, piercing his pancreas and small and large intestines, Koob said in a morning news conference.
Terry Willers was shot from above in the neck and shoulder, Koob said. His injuries are to the bone. He was transported by helicopter to St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, Wis.
Lauren Hesebeck was shot from the rear in the shoulder and arm. Hesebeck is Drew's brother-in-law.
Koob said the men were shot with a high-powered assault rifle from a range of about 50 yards.
Earlier in the news conference, Ned Wolf, chief executive officer of Lakeview Medical Center, read a statement from the family of the three survivors. It said, in part, "We are grieving for our friends who were killed yesterday, and it is important for us to spend time with our own family today.
"It is also important for the community to know the status of our family and friends." They thanked the community for its care and support.
Wolf announced that a fund has been set up for the shooting victims. Donations can be sent to the Rice Lake Hunters Survivors and Victims Fund, Dairy State Bank, 16 S. Main St., Rice Lake, Wis. 54868.
The Sawyer County Sheriff's Department has scheduled a news conference at 1 p.m., when the names of the five people killed will be released.
Perhaps he had 'post election depression syndrome'. BUSH'S FAULT!!!!!!!!!!
Does Wisconsin have the death penalty?
What the hell kind of name is "Chai Vang"?
No death penalty in Wisconsin
any takers on my bet that one of our illustrious gang of the usual MN gun grabbers will try to ban SKS rifles this
who will it be? :
1) Nora Slawik
2) Ellen Anderson
3) Satveer Chaudhary
4) John Marty
Just for the record, all the Vietnamese-Americans I've met are outstandingly good citizens. But all ethnic groups have their deviants and nut cases.
I grew up in Wisconsin This was never heard of before... accidential shooting yes, but this as a trespassing dispute is horrible... I have not read anywhere where any of the hunters had even threatened this guy, much less return fire.
You'll find more details of this as you go through this thread:
Does Wisconsin have the death penalty?......
This "journalist" failed to mention much.....except they did find someone who said that this would dampen enthusiasm to going to the woods......What an idiotic thing to report.
The important fact is that a Hmong immigrant murdered all these people and that they are responsible for a crime wave in the area.
No, think Jeffrey Dahmer.
I suspect they were shot with a deer rifle, not an assault rifle. You don't see all that many assault rifles up in the tree stands.
No death penalty in WI
anything more than a .22 with 3 round capacity is an assault rifle- just look it up in your media dictionary.
I believe Mr. Vang had some Issues with a capital "I".
I've never heard of anybody using an SKS as a hunting rifle, either, but, hey, whatever works I guess. I didn't think they were accurate enough.
Thanks for the link. I looked for any related threads before posting the Herald story which was weak on info.