Skip to comments.Four dead in Wheatland shooting, motive unclear (WY)
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.
This is disgusting.
So sorry for these people and poor children.
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.
Somehow, in this case, the perfunctory phrase rings kinda hollow.
I am sorry for your loss and sadness over this tragedy.
Just heartbreaking.My God.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
I’m very sorry.
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.
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.
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.
Wow we had mass shootings last night in MI. 7 dead including a 10 yr old. Shooter took himself out in the end.
So many senseless deaths.
My condolences and prayers for you and your community of friends. God Bless.
I am sorry, prayers for all involved.
Another “family annihilator.” Two in one week.
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.
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.
Satan is hard at work, you’re right.
Was he on any medications?.
Maybe this guy also planned on doing that but something went wrong like maybe he ran out of bullets.
“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.