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Community reacts to Antigo prom shooting


What was supposed to be a magical night for Antigo High School students, turned out to be a nightmare.

"I got prom king, so I got that and then it turned out to be this, so I'll remember it as more of shooting," Drew Schwarz, a junior at Antigo High School, said.

Antigo High School prom was cut short Saturday night when 18 year-old Jakob Wagner shot a group of students leaving the school's gym at 11 p.m.

"Male subject had taken some shots at four students that had come out of the building from the prom dance, and two of the subjects were hit," Chief Eric Roller of the Antigo Police Department explained. "Our officer on scene was able to engage the subject, stop the threat."

Antigo police officers were patrolling the school grounds during the prom when they heard shots ring out.

An officer drew his gun and shot Wagner to stop him from firing another bullet.

"You know, he did what he needed to do," Officer Bruce Brown with the Antigo Police Department said. "Probably saved a lot of lives."

Wagner was shot down before he could enter the school gym.

"My best friend and I drove by the high school and there were cops and ambulances everywhere," Kendall Smith, a sophomore at Antigo High School, said.

The shooter died at Aspirus Wausau Hospital at 1:06 a.m. Sunday morning.

A female victim was grazed by one of Wagner's bullets, but she escaped without serious injury.

A male victim took a bullet to his leg, and had surgery Sunday morning.

Both victims are expected to be okay.

Wagner graduated from Antigo High School last year, and his motive for why he came back to the school to hurt students is still unknown. 

After hours in a lockdown, many students have memories of a night they don't want to remember, but are grateful for the way it was handled.

"It was very safe with the police and I give full respect to the police and everyone who was in charge of that," Schwarz said.

Antigo High School will resume classes on Monday, but with a higher security presence and counselors on hand for students to talk to.

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