TOMAHAWK - Thirty-two-year-old Eric Lee Moen of Wausau is charged with shooting and killing his friend of four and a half years, Charles K. Ramp with a long gun. Moen is currently in Lincoln County Jail on a $1 million cash bond.
On Friday morning, Tomahawk Police Chief Al Elvins held a press conference to explain what police think led up to the shooting.
"There's no way to explain it," Elvins said when asked about Moen's motive. "He said, 'I don't know why I did it.'"
Tomahawk police responded to 205 West Mohawk Drive around 5:45 p.m. Thursday. Ramp had been shot multiple times in his own driveway. Police think Moen went to Ramp's home, spoke with his family, then waited for Ramp to get home. The family didn't notice anything wrong before the shooting.
"They said they didn't notice anything unusual," said Elvins. "Didn't see anything that gave you the triggers to make your hair stand up kind of thing, wasn't acting strange or like he was in duress or anything."
Ramp died at Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital. Moen ran from the scene right after the shooting. Police spent hours Thursday night tracking him down, finally finding him in a parking lot near Eau Claire.
"He knew what he did and he was going to flee the area," said Elvins.
Tomahawk hasn't had a homicide like this in many years. People at Friday's downtown venison feed said they were shocked.
"It's a terrible thing wherever it happens, but we're in such warm, close-knit community that we rarely have the experience where it happens here and it's just complete sadness," said Tomahawk resident Dean Hussong.
But people hope the community can help Ramp's family heal.
"I just hope all the thoughts and prayers of the people in the community help support the people that have been hurt by this heartache," said Hussong.
While Moen is in custody, Elvins says there is still a lot of work to be done in the investigation.
"A lot of stuff is still fresh and we're still following a lot of leads," said Elvins.
Elvins did say that Moen led police to the long gun he shot Ramp with.
Moen will appear in Lincoln County Court on Monday at 1:30 p.m. He is charged with 1st-degree intentional homicide.