Update: Shooter who killed 3 in Wis. captured

Beacon Ambulance, Kingsford Public Saftey Officers and volunteer firefighters at the entrance to the East Kingsford Train bridge in Kingsford, Mich., where at least four people were shot Thursday evening, July 31, 2008. Authorities in Marinette County, Wis., say three people are dead and one wounded in shootings that occurred in the Wisconsin-Michigan border area.

Theresa Peterson/The Associated Press
Published: Friday, August 1, 2008 at 9:45 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, August 1, 2008 at 11:09 a.m.

Update: 11:08 a.m.

NIAGARA, Wis. Authorities in Wisconsin have made an arrest in the shooting of three young swimmers.

The arrest Friday ended a dragnet that included more than 100 law enforcement officers around the northern Wisconsin town of Niagara. Few details on the arrest, including the suspect's identity, were immediately released.

Marinette County Sheriff Jim Kanikula says nine young adults had gathered near a railroad bridge on the Menominee River when the gunman came out of the woods and opened fire Thursday with a military-style assault rifle.


9:46 a.m.

NIAGARA, Wis. A man wearing camouflage clothing and carrying an assault rifle walked out of the woods and gunned down four young people who had gathered at a river to go swimming, killing three of them and wounding one.

More than 100 law enforcement officers from at least 10 agencies searched Friday for the gunman, a middle-age man who was last seen near the town of Niagara in northern Wisconsin, across the state line from Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Officers set up roadblocks and evacuated an unknown number of homes.

Nine young adults had gathered near a railroad bridge on the Menominee River when the gunman came out of the woods and opened fire about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, according to Sheriff Jim Kanikula.

Authorities have not determined a motive. The sheriff said there was no communication between the gunman and his victims.

The shooter was only 7 to 10 feet away from one victim when he fired, the sheriff said.

On Friday, two of the bodies remained at scene about three miles west of Niagara because of fear that the shooter was still in the area.

The dead were identified as Tiffany Pohlson, 17; Anthony Spigarelli, 18; and Bryan Mort, 19. A fourth victim, 20-year-old Daniel Louis Gordon, was wounded.

Niagara is about 210 miles north of Milwaukee.

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