- Update: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has extended his condolences to the families of the four people who were killed in a series of shootings in the area around Wausau.
In a statement Thursday, Walker also extended his sympathies to the Everest Metropolitan Police Department, which lost an officer in the attacks, and to the communities where the Wednesday shootings happened, Rothschild, Schofield and Weston.
The shootings took place at a bank, a law firm and an apartment building. Authorities have a suspect in custody but haven't released the names of the suspect or victims.
Shootings Wednesday afternoon at sites in Schofield, Rothschild, and Weston left people in the area stunned. The news later Wednesday night deepened that feeling. Four people are dead, including one police officer.
The series of shootings led from a bank, to a law firm, to a standoff at an apartment complex.
"Please keep them in your prayers and be with our officers," Everest Metro Police Chief Wally Sparks said during a Wednesday night press conference.
Sparks asked for the community's prayers just minutes after announcing four shooting deaths including one of his own officers.
Starting at around 12:30 p.m., law enforcement swarmed the greater Wausau area after shots rang out at Marathon Savings Bank and sites in Schofield, and Weston.
"He's like, 'The guy's got a gun, get inside.' We're like, 'OK!" a neighbor named Susan told Newswatch 12.
Three civilians are among the four people dead. Others living in the area didn't know what was going on when police came to their doors.
"Got a knock on the door saying get out the house," neighbor Juan Lopez said. "I grabbed my two kids, grabbed two jackets and got out."
Lopez lives at the Aspen Apartments in Weston, the last shooting scene of the day, following the shootings at the bank in Rothschild and a Schofield law firm.
"I just heard people running up and down the stairs," Lopez said. "SWAT team, I don't know what it was. People in panic."
The shootings and deaths left this community shaken. But at least, says Chief Sparks, they're now safe with the suspect in custody.
"I want the community to know there are no threats and there are no dangers out in the community," Sparks said.
Local police departments, the FBI, and the Department of Justice all assisted in the area Wednesday afternoon.
Now, Wisconsin's Division of Criminal Investigation is taking over. Police plan to have another press conference at some point Thursday.