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Four dead in Wheatland shooting, motive unclear (WY)
Wyoming Tribune Eagle ^ | 7/8/2011 | staff

Posted on 07/08/2011 8:07:21 PM PDT by Migraine

WHEATLAND -- A Wheatland man shot and killed his three children and his brother, and shot and injured his wife Thursday evening.

Platte County law enforcement got the initial call of shots fired at 5:45 p.m. Thursday.

Wheatland Police officers and Platte County Sheriff's deputies responded to the 700 block of Oak Street, where they became involved in a brief standoff with Everett Conant III, who was born in 1975. His exact age was not available from police this morning.

Conant surrendered without incident and is in custody.

At a news conference this morning, Wheatland Police Chief Randy Chesser said Conant shot and killed his three juvenile sons; shot his brother, who later died at the Wheatland hospital; and shot his wife in the arm and foot.

Names and ages of all of the shooting victims were withheld by police pending notification of next of kin.

Conant's wife was taken to the Platte County Memorial Hospital in Wheatland and later moved to another facility. Chesser wouldn't say where she was taken when asked by media at the news conference.

A motive for the shooting was unclear, but is being investigated, Chesser said.

An initial court appearance for Conant is expected to be held this afternoon in Wheatland.

Information will be updated here at WyomingNews.com as warranted. More details will be in Saturday's newspaper.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: Wyoming
KEYWORDS: murder; rage; senseless; wheatland; wyoming
A sad and senseless danged story. My family has personal knowledge of this family. We are sick over it.
1 posted on 07/08/2011 8:07:26 PM PDT by Migraine
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To: Migraine

This is disgusting.

So sorry for these people and poor children.


2 posted on 07/08/2011 8:20:49 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Migraine
I just read about yet another murder and mayhem and wondered why I hadn't seen it posted. Maybe it just came over the wires.

The husband was born in 1975, wife injured in shoulder and ankle, worked at an A&W, people just loved her.

The boys were 11 or 12, 12 or 13, and 17 or 18. The brother who was also killed was 33.

Lived in a very neat trailer. Yes, if that is close to you, it would be a shock. Obviously he had issues, then rather than off himself, meekly surrenders into custody. So sad, not something other family members or people close to the small town would ever get over.

3 posted on 07/08/2011 8:20:57 PM PDT by Aliska
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To: Migraine
Names and ages of all of the shooting victims were withheld by police pending notification of next of kin.

Somehow, in this case, the perfunctory phrase rings kinda hollow.

4 posted on 07/08/2011 8:30:30 PM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great... ...until it happens to YOU.)
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To: Migraine

sad.


5 posted on 07/08/2011 8:31:22 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Migraine

I am sorry for your loss and sadness over this tragedy.
Just heartbreaking.My God.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


6 posted on 07/08/2011 8:34:14 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (where is the Great Santini when we need him??)
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To: Migraine

I’m very sorry.


7 posted on 07/08/2011 8:50:41 PM PDT by unkus (Silence = Consent)
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To: Migraine

Prayers for the family and friends of this family. I guess you never really know people fully, do you? There may be issues you weren’t aware of (perhaps medical or psychological). It is very difficult when you know people that go through things like this. Prayers for you as well.


8 posted on 07/08/2011 8:51:11 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: Migraine

Oh, my gosh!
I have traveled thru Wheatland many times. (Remember the gas wars?)
Such a peaceful town.
May the wounds heal in your community.


9 posted on 07/08/2011 8:53:00 PM PDT by NEWwoman (God Bless America)
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To: Migraine

Somewhere at the bottom of this they will probably find antidepressants and that the father quit taking them. The only thing that makes me think it could be otherwise is that the father didn’t kill himself too. I wish all these kooks would leave the children out of it, and start by shooting themselves.


10 posted on 07/08/2011 9:14:54 PM PDT by pallis
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To: Migraine

Wow we had mass shootings last night in MI. 7 dead including a 10 yr old. Shooter took himself out in the end.

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2011/07/hundreds_gather_downtown_to_ho.html

So many senseless deaths.


11 posted on 07/08/2011 9:17:31 PM PDT by Netizen
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To: Migraine

Bookmark


12 posted on 07/08/2011 9:49:06 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Migraine

My condolences and prayers for you and your community of friends. God Bless.


13 posted on 07/08/2011 10:12:55 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: Migraine

I am sorry, prayers for all involved.


14 posted on 07/09/2011 12:03:28 AM PDT by pandoraou812 ((You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.))
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To: Migraine
My condolences and prayers are with you. We had something like this happen in our circle three years ago, and we're still trying to come to grips with the senselessness of it all. Only G-D has the answers.
15 posted on 07/09/2011 12:39:51 AM PDT by 1lawlady (To G-d be the glory. Great things He has done!)
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To: Migraine

Dreadful. RIP.


16 posted on 07/09/2011 1:30:38 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: Netizen


Law enforcement officials escort Everett Conant III to the Platte County Detention Center Friday following his initial hearing on four counts of first-degree murder in connection with the shooting deaths of his brother and three sons Thursday night in Wheatland.
17 posted on 07/09/2011 4:58:08 AM PDT by WaterBoard
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To: Migraine

Another “family annihilator.” Two in one week.


18 posted on 07/09/2011 5:40:36 AM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: Migraine
My first thought is that this is one of those religious nuts that thought if he killed his kids they would go to heaven under the religious concept of the age of accountability which is: if the kids die before they can make decisions by themselves they automatically go to heaven. The only thing about this case is the kids are getting up their age.

Just for the record I don't believe in this concept that kids go to heaven if they die young, and I do not advocate murdering others.

19 posted on 07/09/2011 5:51:59 AM PDT by ReformedBeckite ( 1 of 3 I'm only allowing my self each day)
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To: Steely Tom

I can’t imagine how a man could commit so much evil and live with himself. As with Judas, Satan entered into him.


20 posted on 07/09/2011 5:53:50 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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I can’t imagine how a man could commit so much evil and live with himself. As with Judas, Satan entered into him.

The Grand Rapids shooter had the grace to off himself with his last shot.

21 posted on 07/09/2011 5:58:31 AM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: AppyPappy

Satan is hard at work, you’re right.


22 posted on 07/09/2011 6:30:08 AM PDT by Bulwyf
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To: Migraine

Was he on any medications?.


23 posted on 07/09/2011 8:12:09 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Steely Tom
The Grand Rapids shooter had the grace to off himself with his last shot.

Maybe this guy also planned on doing that but something went wrong like maybe he ran out of bullets.

24 posted on 07/09/2011 9:34:30 AM PDT by ReformedBeckite ( 2 of 3 I'm only allowing my self each day)
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To: Vaduz

“Was he on medications?”

That will have to come out with the back-story. I wouldn’t doubt it, though — as we have learned there is usually some up-down oscillation psychopharmacology in these family-shooting equations.

It is also indicative of something (MAYBE) that the shooter’s younger brother was in the house with his wife.

I wouldn’t doubt that the guy’s surrender was a function of his having run out of ammo.


25 posted on 07/09/2011 9:59:02 AM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great... ...until it happens to YOU.)
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