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UPDATE: Two dead, one injured after reported shooting in western Marathon CountySubmitted: 01/20/2018
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UPDATE: Two dead, one injured after reported shooting in western Marathon County
ABBOTSFORD - Two people died and another person went to the hospital after a shooting in Abbotsford early Saturday morning. Police investigating the incident held a press conference on Saturday.

Officers say the lone male suspect, who is currently being held in Marathon County Jail, did know the victims. Officers would not share how exactly the suspect and victims knew one another.


"This is an event that happened that people were familiar with each other and probably was targeted," said Capt. Greg Bean with the Marathon County Investigation Division.

Officers responded to a report of a shooting at a home on East Maple Street in Abbotsford around 3 a.m. Saturday morning. Officers found a male and female dead, and another female injured.

"The scene was secured and the gun was recovered," said Colby-Abbotsford Police Chief Jason Bauer.
Bauer says officers quickly arrested the suspect.

"He was found in close proximity to the residence," said Bauer. 

Marathon County Investigations Officer Captain Greg Bean says the investigation is still in the early stages.
"Our priority now is the scene," said Bean. 

That includes speaking to other people who Bean says were in the home at the time of the shooting.
"We do have witnesses and some witnesses that we haven't spoken with yet," said Bean.

People in the community were shocked when they learned of the shooting.

"It just upset me very bad because it's a small town, a family town and you think of the big cities like Chicago and New York and all them, but not Abbotsford," said Onalee Hoffman, who lives nearby in Athens.
 
Hoffman is concerned for her children and grandchildren who live in Abbotsford.

"It overwhelms me how our society has gone lately. It's very saddening," said Hoffman. 

But officers say that the public is safe.

"The point we wanted to get across today [Saturday] here is that the general public is not in any danger," said Bean. 

The district attorney's office says the suspect will have an initial appearance at Marathon County Court on Monday at 2 p.m.

Police suspect he will be charged with two counts of intentional first-degree homicide and one count of attempted intentional first-degree homicide.



Two people, a male and a female, died and another female went to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries in what appears to be a shooting in western Marathon County.

According to a release from Colby-Abbotsford Police Chief Jason Bauer, a 911 call came in around 3 a.m. Saturday reporting the shooting on East Maple Street in Abbotsford.  Police from Marathon and Clark counties went to the house and found the victims.

Bauer reports that officers arrested the suspect, who is male, near the crime scene and that he is currently in custody at the Marathon County Jail. A gun was also recovered from the scene.

At a press conference Saturday afternoon, investigations officer with Marathon County, Greg Bean said the suspect was familiar with the victims but did not specify how.

The suspect is being held on two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of attempted first- degree homicide.

The suspect's initial court appearance is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday.

More information about the victims will be released at a later time once the families have been notified.

The state crime lab, State Patrol, Clark County Sheriff's Office, and the Marathon County medical examiner are helping the Colby-Abbotsford Police Department and MCSO Investigations Division with the case.

We will continue to update this story as new information becomes available.



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