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UPDATE: Alleged Little Wolf River shooter has bond set at $500,000

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FRIDAY 8/6/2021 1:22 p.m.

(WFRV) – The Green Bay man who is charged in the Little Wolf River shooting had his initial appearance in the Waupaca County Court on Friday.

According to court records, 31-year-old Cornelius Russell had his bond set at $500,000 and will have his preliminary hearing date set within the next 20 days.

Russell is charged with:

  • Attempted First Degree Inentional Homicide
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Felon
  • Obstructing an Officer

Local 5 will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

UPDATE: Green Bay man charged in Little Wolf River shooting, knew the victim for 8 years

FRIDAY 8/6/2021 9:39 a.m.

(WFRV) – The man involved in the shooting at the Little Wolf River Campground is facing three charges including attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

According to the criminal complaint, 31-year-old Cornelius Russell and a group of people, including the shooting victim, went on a tubing trip to Little Wolf River. The victim said that the group had stopped at one point on the river and that Russell and himself went onshore.

Reportedly Russell called the victim’s name and showed him a gun. The victim said, “Why would you bring that here?”

The next thing the victim knew, he was climbing up the bank and a lady told him to ‘just lay still’. The victim said he has known Russell for about eight years.

Authorities also spoke with the victim’s fiance. She said she clearly saw the shooting and the victim was facing towards her and Russell was facing away from her. Russell turned around and pulled a gun from a backpack in his tube and shot the victim.

She said that the victim made no aggressive moment towards Russell before the shooting. It was also mentioned that it looked like they were discussing something before Russell shot the victim.

Originally when officers arrived at the scene, the victim was being treated by two people who said they were nurses and heard the shot. The victim was actively bleeding and was having seizures. He was eventually airlifted to the hospital where he was sedated and intubated.

Multiple eyewitnesses said the alleged shooter was Russell. Officers later learned that Russell was in the same tubing group as the victim.

Russell is facing the following charges:

  • Attempted First Degree Inentional Homicide
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Felon
  • Obstructing an Officer

According to court records, Russell is scheduled to be in court on August 6 at 1 p.m. for his initial appearance.

Local 5 will update this story as more information is released.

UPDATE: Shooting suspect at Little Wolf River Campground in custody

WEDNESDAY 7/28/2021 11:05 a.m.

(WFRV) – The Waupaca County Sheriff’s have given an update regarding the suspect that allegedly shot a man at the Little Wolf River Campground Sunday night.

The suspect, Cornelius Dupree Russell of Green Bay, is in custody.

The incident remains under investigation at this time. If you have any information related to the incident, please contact the Waupaca County Sheriffs.

ORIGINAL: Green Bay man shot in the head at Little Wolf River Campground, suspect believed to be from GB

MONDAY 7/26/2021 11:22 a.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – A Sunday shooting at the Little Wolf River Campground required one man to be airlifted to a hospital and authorities are still looking for the suspect.

According to Waupaca County Sheriff Timothy Wilz, on July 25 around 4:20 p.m. authorities received a call about a man that was shot in the head on the Little Wolf River trips.

Reportedly, two men were arguing and the suspect pulled a gun and shot the victim in the head. The victim was airlifted by helicopter to a hospital. Authorities say that the suspect may have made his way to Green Bay, and those involved are from Green Bay.

The incident reportedly happened shortly after the tubes were dropped off at Ostrander Road.

Authorities have not determined how many people were there and are not sure if alcohol is a factor. The suspect and victim are believed to have been somewhat familiar with each other.

The victim has non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to ThedaCare in Neenah. The victim is still sedated and is a 35-year-old Green Bay man.

There have been no arrests made at this time and the suspect is reportedly a Green Bay man and authorities have an idea who the suspect is based on witness statements.

Authorities say the public is not in danger at the campground or in the surrounding area.

The identities are not being released at this time, and anyone with information should call the Waupaca County Sheriff’s Department at 715-258-4466.

Local 5 will update this story as more information is provided.

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