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UPDATE: Household chores spat triggers shooting

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RHINELANDER (WAOW) – An argument with his uncle over household chores in the home they shared prompted the shooting that critically wounded the uncle, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday.

Marcus L. Alsteens, 23, of Rhinelander, was charged with three felonies during an appearance in Oneida County Circuit Court – attempted first-degree intentional homicide, aggravated battery, and injury by negligent use of a weapon or explosive, according to online court records. A judge ordered him jailed on $50,000 cash bond.

He was accused of shooting 49-year-old Justin F. Alsteens in the abdomen at their home in Rhinelander on Monday night.

The complaint said the nephew told investigators that he and his uncle had argued “off and on” for the past few months “just about the household things and whatever.”

There was another argument Monday night that really angered the nephew, he told investigators. He went to his bedroom, retrieved a 7mm rifle from a gun cabinet, went to his uncle's bedroom and shot him, the complaint said.

“I closed my eyes before I pulled the trigger,” the nephew told investigators. “He's just nuts.”

Asked whether the uncle had threatened him, the nephew said yes, the complaint said. “He just, well, I don't know if he's goofing off.”

After the shooting, the nephew fled in a car and was stopped by police near Eagle River, investigators said.

The uncle remained hospitalized in critical condition Monday at St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, authorities said.

The maximum punishment for attempted murder is 60 years in prison.

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RHINELANDER (WAOW) - A 23-year-old Rhinelander man was accused Wednesday of trying to kill his uncle, who remained hospitalized in critical condition.

Marcus L. Alsteens was charged with three felonies during an appearance on Oneida County Circuit Court – attempted first-degree intentional homicide, aggravated battery and injury by negligent use of a weapon or explosive, according to online court records.

He was accused of shooting 49-year-old Justin F. Alsteens in the abdomen at a home in Rhinelander on Monday night.

Investigators said four people were in the home at the time of the shooting, and the nephew fled the scene before being arrested on Highway 17.

The uncle was hospitalized at St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield.

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The Rhinelander Police Department says a 49-year-old man is critically hurt after being shot in the abdomen by his nephew.

A 23-year-old man is being held in the Oneida County Jail, according to police. No charges have been filed as of Tuesday afternoon.

At a news conference this afternoon, police said the victim's nephew was arrested on Highway 17 by authorities from Oneida County Sheriff's Department.

Police have not released names of the victim or the suspect.

Investigators say the shooting happened at 645 Mason Street at 7:25 p.m. Monday.

Rhinelander police officials tell us there were four people in the home when the shooting happened.

Investigators are still conducting interviews and trying to figure out what led up to this shooting.

Police say the victim was taken to Ministry St. Mary's Hospital in Rhinelander and later airlifted to St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield.

Rhinelander authorities say everyone involved has been identified and there are no public safety concerns.

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