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UPDATE: Man charged in weekend shooting

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TOWN OF MAINE (WAOW) - The 21-year-old man accused of shooting two of his family members on Saturday in Marathon County has been charged. Kyle Schaefer has been charged with one count of attempted homicide and three counts of recklessly endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon.

A judge set a $1 million bond for Schaefer in court Monday.

Police say Schaefer shot the two Saturday night at a home in the town of Maine. According to Aspirus Wausau Hospital officials, the two are listed in critical condition.

Sheriff's department officials have not yet released their names, but neighbors have identified them to Newsline 9.

Around 9:30 p.m. Saturday night, the Marathon County Sheriff's Department responded to a shooting at a home on North 44th Avenue and County Highway U in the town of Maine.

Officials say Schaefer lives at the home and fired about three bullets from a .22 riffle.

The suspect appeared in court Monday.

Newsline 9 was there and will have the latest at Live at 5 and on WAOW.com.

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Police are still trying to figure out a motive behind a Saturday night shooting in Marathon County.

The Marathon County Sheriff's Department says two people are in the hospital recovering.

Around 9:30 p.m. Saturday night, the Marathon County Sheriff's Department responded to a shooting at a home on North 44th Avenue and County Highway U.

Officials say a 21-year-old man, who lives in the home, fired about three bullets from a .22 riffle. The bullets hit two of his family members.

Neighbors say they never thought a shooting could happen there.

"You live halfway out in the country and you think you're safe and you're not," said Mark Radant.

Radant noticed all the police lights outside his home.

"Next thing I know I was told to get back in my house," said Radant. "About an hour later, my neighbors got shot."

The two victims were rushed to Aspirus Hospital.

Radant says he knows them well.

"I watch over his cattle and he watches over mine," said Radant. "We're real good friends, he could be a brother."

Authorities say the 21-year-old suspect cooperated with troopers on scene. He was taken into custody.

"The subject will be here at the sheriff's department until they have an opportunity at the District Attorney's office to review the reports and make a decision on charging," said Chief Deputy Chad Billeb of Marathon County Sheriff's Department.

The Marathon County Sheriff's Department is recommending charges of attempted homicide.

Investigators are still looking for answers. They say they aren't sure what motivated the man to shoot his family.

Radant says he continues to worry about his neighbors.

"I'm just hoping he pulls through," he said.

Family members tell Newsline 9 that the victims are in stable condition at Aspirus.

Officials are not yet releasing names of the victims or the suspect.

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Officials are investigating a Saturday night shooting in Marathon County.

Marathon County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Chad Billeb says dispatchers received a report of a shooting around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday on 44th Avenue in the Town of Maine.

Billeb says at least two people were shot and transported to the hospital by ambulance. Their conditions are unknown at this time.

He said the suspect is in custody. The Chief Deputy said the suspect cooperated with State Patrol troopers when they arrived on scene. The suspect was not injured.

Officials are investigating the relationship between the victims and the suspect. He says officers were still interviewing people on scene late Saturday evening.

The names of the suspect and victims are not being released at this time.

Marathon County Sheriff's officials, Wausau Police officers, State Patrol troopers, and a member of the SWAT team responded to the scene.



 
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