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Suspected gunman captured in Niagara shooting deaths


NIAGARA (AP) -- A Marinette County official says the massive search for a camouflaged gunman who fatally shot three young people along the Menominee River is over.

Emergency Management Director Eric Burmeister says a suspected gunman was taken into custody shortly before 9 a.m. Friday.

Sheriff's authorities say the man armed with a military-style assault rifle shot and killed three Michigan teenagers and wounded a 20-year-old Michigan man Thursday evening as a group of young people gathered to go swimming near the Wisconsin-Michigan border near Niagara.

More than 100 law enforcement officers from at least ten local and state agencies searched near the Menominee River in Marinette County for a middle-aged man, said to be armed with an assault rifle. The river forms a border between Marinette County and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Marinette County sheriff's officials say nine young adults were gathered near a train bridge about three miles west of Niagara when the gunman shot the four about 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Authorities say 17 year old Tiffany Pohlson, 18 year old Anthony Spigarelli and 19 year old Bryan Mort were killed. Twenty year old Daniel Louis Gordon was wounded.

Officers set up roadblocks at Highway 141 and county Highway N in Niagara and along some rural roads in the Township of Niagara as they searched for the gunman. Sheriff's deputies evacuated an unknown number of homes in the area.

Before he was captured, Marinette County emergency management director Eric Burmeister said the suspect was last seen in a wooded area near Niagara carrying an assault rifle.

Online Reporter: Ashley Gatz

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