Two people were injured and the gunman is dead after a shooting at the Antigo High School prom Saturday night.
Around 11 p.m. Saturday, police say Jakob Wagner arrived at the high school just after prom and fired a rifle, hitting two students as they left the event.
A police officer already in the parking lot, heard gunshots and returned fire at the suspect.
One of the victims, an Antigo student, received non-life-threatening injuries and underwent surgery on his leg.
The student’s date, who was from out of state, was treated for a graze wound and released from the hospital.
Wagner was taken to the hospital where he later died.
The family of one of the student released the following statement Monday:
[The student] is doing well. He has come through a long surgery and will recover with time and effort, but we have always believed that God is good and has a plan even in the midst of tragedy. We are so thankful for his girlfriend and two friends on the scene who acted so bravely and calm. We would also like to thank the police officers who responded so quickly, the medical staff, doctors and the surgeons that have already gone above and beyond to help our son, and all the law enforcement from many counties who have dedicated themselves to investigating the shooting. We would like to especially thank the officers who saved the lives of our son, his girlfriend, their two friends, and the countless amount of students, staff, and others in and around the school. Lastly, we cannot express enough thanks for our family, friends, fellow employees, church employers, school administration, and those in the community who continue to show and communicate their kindness and love to our son and family. Please continue to pray for [the student], his girlfriend, two friends, fellow classmates, and everyone else involved as they recover from this traumatic night. Please also pray for the family of Jakob Wagner. As much as we are struggling through this event, we cannot imagine the grief they are experiencing at this time. We want everyone to know that we believe and trust in the eternal God. We are so thankful for the hope that we have in Him. That all can be forgiven of their sins and have eternal life when believe in Jesus Christ as Savior.
Wagner was a senior at the high school last year. He had been dating a current student at the school who broke up with him last month, and was a victim of bullying, according to students.
Wagner’s family released this statement Tuesday:
We have lost our son, grandson and nephew — a quiet young man whom we loved. His actions Saturday night confuse us and fill us with pain. We realize his actions have torn open a wound in our community. We pray for healing.
We are filled with sorrow over the injuries caused to his victims, the position in which the police officers were placed along with the prom goers and their families. Our prayers are with each of you and your families.
We are not comfortable addressing the media. While we grieve the loss of Jakob, we ask the media to respect our privacy in the time leading up to his funeral, and during his visitation and funeral service. We need the healing embrace of our community to get through this difficult time and appreciate your understanding.
In a press conference Monday, officials would not say much about the motive, how many shots were fired, the type of gun, or where Wagner got the gun. They did say that the couple behind the victims immediately helped them, one of them using a necktie as the tourniquet. Police also say there were satisfied with the response and that Wagner arrived at the school on a bicycle. One officer fired at Wagner and is placed on administrative leave until the investigation is complete.
See the entire press conference below.
The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.