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Officials: Motive for shooting in Town of Maine unclear


The Marathon County Sheriff's Department says 21-year-old Kyle Schaefer shot his aunt and uncle Saturday night, but a motive is still unclear.

"It is an unusual case because unlike some of the cases we've seen over the years, there is an obvious motive," said Theresa Wetzsteon, the Deputy District Attorney of Marathon County.

Schaefer's aunt and uncle had two friends over for a card game at their home in the town of Maine near the intersection of North 44th Avenue and County Highway U, according to the police report.

That's when investigators say the basement door opened.

"As he opened fire, shots hit the uncle, a shot also hit the aunt, as he initially opened the basement door he had the gun directly pointed at a guest," said Wetzsteon.

Aspirus Wausau Hospital officials say the aunt is listed in good condition, while the uncle is in serious condition.

According to the police report, witnesses say Schaefer recently lost his job and was sad about his grandmother's recent death.

But the report says his uncle had been helping Schaefer find a job.

Schaefer is charged with one count of attempted first degree homicide and three counts of recklessly endangering safety with a weapon, according to court documents.

"As the investigation continues I think we have a better understanding of what occurred there, but it is definitely tragic and very disturbing," Wetzsteon.

The defense and family members both declined to comment.

The judge set a $1 million cash bond for Schaefer.

He is expected to appear in court on May 14th for a preliminary hearing.

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