Wisconsin Cop Kills 6 in Shooting Spree

Small community mourns young victims
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2007 3:45 AM CDT
This undated photo taken from the Crandon High School yearbook and made available by WJFW-TV in Rhinelander, Wis. shows Tyler Peterson. Peterson, an off-duty sheriff's deputy went on a shooting rampage...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A 20-year-old off-duty sheriff's deputy and jilted lover opened fire on his former girlfriend and five of her friends early yesterday, leaving the six dead and wounding a seventh in Crandon, Wis. The victims were at the ex-girlfriend's house for a homecoming party, and were a close group of high school friends, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Yesterday afternoon the shooter, Tyler Peterson, was also reported dead after law enforcement officers located him in a town 8 miles away from Crandon, the police chief said: "The subject is deceased and is no longer a threat to the public." The mayor said Peterson had been brought down by a sniper, but authorities declined to confirm that. A local man who knew the killer said he "was a good kid...just a normal kid and they were all real good friends."