Neenah teen in critical condition after apparent random shooting

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A Neenah teen is in the hospital after he was shot in what troopers are calling a random shooting. 

Alexander Melchert, 18, was shot at 11 a.m. Sunday along I-71 in Ohio.

“He was a great kid,” said Bryce Goebel a Sophomore at Neenah High School. “He was a nice kid to everyone. He would walk around the school and be all happy to everyone.”

Investigators say that 25-year-old Shawn Johnson fired several shots at Melchert’s vehicle. Police chased Johnson, but found his car crashed into a guardrail and dead with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. 
“I’m sure everyone thinks it’s dumb that you can’t go to a rest stop or gas station without worrying about being shot at,” said James Truett  a Junior at Neenah High School.
Melchert attended Neenah High School last spring and is currently a freshman at the College of Wooster in Ohio. The college’s dean says that Melchert was expected to have further surgery Monday morning and that his family was at the hospital. 

A vigil is planned at the college Monday afternoon. 


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