Officer wounded, firefighter killed in Wis. shooting

The shooting happened after police and firefighters responded to a medical emergency


By Associated Press

APPLETON, Wis. — A call to assist a man thought to be having a medical emergency on a bus escalated into a shooting that ended with the man and an Appleton firefighter dead and two others hurt, authorities said Thursday.

The incident began at around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday as police, firefighters and an ambulance went to help a 47-year-old man arriving in downtown Appleton on a bus from out of the area, police said.

Authorities investigate the scene of a shooting at the Valley Transit Center in Appleton, Wis. Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent via AP)
Authorities investigate the scene of a shooting at the Valley Transit Center in Appleton, Wis. Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent via AP)

The responders gave medical help to the man, who eventually left the bus and started walking toward a nearby library, police said.

"While attending to the male, believed to be from the Wausau area, the incident escalated into shots being fired," police said in a statement.

Firefighter Mitch Lundgaard, a 14-year veteran, was killed. A female bystander and an Appleton police officer were also hit. The woman was hospitalized in stable condition, and the officer was treated and released.

The 47-year-old man died at a hospital from his injuries, police said.

Police didn't immediately respond to a message seeking additional details.

Tori Mourning lives across the street from the transit center and heard the gunfire.

"I looked up. I heard a pow and I thought it was the lawnmower firing. I heard it again. I looked up because you could see the bus stop from my bedroom window, looked at the tree. I saw the guy shoot a female and she went down. And another shot was fired and there was another male and he went down and I saw the shooter flee," Mourning told WBAY-TV.

Mourning said she yelled for her children as soon as she realized shots were fired.

"I screamed through my house that those are gunfire and everyone get down," Mourning said.
A long line of emergency vehicles escorted Lundgaard's body from the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's

Office in Milwaukee, where an autopsy was done, back to Appleton on Thursday.

Police on motorcycles led the procession as it made its way north about 120 miles (195 kilometers) on Interstate 41. Firefighters with their truck lights flashing positioned themselves on interstate overpasses as the procession passed by on the way to an Appleton funeral home.

Firefighters stood silently at the medical examiner's office as the procession began, just as they had when the body arrived in a flag-draped casket overnight.

Gov. Tony Evers sent his condolences Thursday to the family and colleagues of the firefighter.

In a statement on Twitter, Evers said that he and his wife, Kathy, "send our deepest sympathies to the family, friends (and) colleagues of the firefighter who lost their life last night."

"We stand with our brave first responders ... as they mourn this loss," Evers said.
 

Original story: 

Associated Press

APPLETON, Wis. — A firefighter responding to a medical emergency was killed in a shooting at a Wisconsin bus station that left three others injured, officials said.

The shooting happened after police and firefighters responded to a medical emergency around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Valley Transit in downtown Appleton, fire and police officials said. Appleton Officer Meghan Cash said there was no ongoing threat to the community, but she didn't say if anyone was in custody.

Tori Mourning lives across the street from the transit center and heard the gunfire.

"I looked up. I heard a pow and I thought it was the lawnmower firing. I heard it again. I looked up because you could see the bus stop from my bedroom window, looked at the tree. I saw the guy shoot a female and she went down. And another shot was fired and there was another male and he went down and I saw the shooter flee," Mourning told WBAY-TV.

Mourning said she yelled for her children as soon as she realized shots were fired.

"I screamed through my house that those are gunfire and everyone get down," Mourning said, "So I ran, and by the time I got to the top of my house to the bottom my kids all ducked down."

A procession was held overnight in Milwaukee as the firefighter's body was brought to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office. Firefighters lined the street as emergency vehicles escorted the body. The flag-draped coffin was then brought into the medical examiner's office. The firefighter was a 14-year veteran of the Appleton Fire Department.

Fire officials say funeral arrangements for the firefighter are pending and that the investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Appleton is about 120 miles (193 kilometers) north of Milwaukee.

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