10/09/2007

Wis. shooter's motives remain unclear

By Tom Held
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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CRANDON, Wis. A minister delivered a grief-stricken apology from a killer's parents Monday, and a wish for answers that was shared throughout this northern Wisconsin town, where a day earlier, an off-duty law enforcement officer killed six people in a barrage of 30 rounds from a semiautomatic rifle.

The gunman, Forest County Sheriff's Deputy Tyler Peterson, 20, died about 12 hours after the massacre during an encounter with members of the tactical unit on which he served. Peterson and the officers exchanged gunfire on property in the Town of Argonne, where the fugitive had gone to seek refuge with family friends.

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