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Saturday, March 12, 2005

Wisconsin: Nut with a Gun Takes Out 8 at Church Meet

SUNDAY UPDATE: Church shooter said upset over sermon

UPDATE: Wisc. Suspect Described As 'Average Joe'

Excerpt: NEW BERLIN, Wis. - When chipmunks got into Terry Ratzmann's garden, he set up traps to catch them. But his neighbor said he kept the animals alive and let them loose somewhere else.

"He couldn't even kill a chipmunk. He was that kind of individual," said Gene Herrmann, who lived next door to Ratzmann for about 30 years.

The man police say killed seven people and then himself during a church service Saturday was described by neighbors as quiet and devout.

He liked to tinker about his house and garden, said Shane Colwell, another neighbor who knew Ratzmann for about a decade.

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MSNBC: At least 8 dead in Wisconsin hotel shooting

Excerpt: BROOKFIELD, Wis. - A gunman opened fire Saturday at a church service being held at a hotel, killing seven people before taking his own life, authorities said.

Officers found four people and the gunman dead when they arrived about 1 p.m. at the Sheraton hotel. Three others died later at a hospital, said Daniel Tushaus, chief of the Brookfield Police Department.

“There is nobody else being sought at this time as a suspect,” he said.

The victims were all in the same room at the hotel, Tushaus said. The suspect, a man of about 45 who was armed with a handgun, was affiliated with the Living Church of God, which had been meeting at the hotel every Saturday morning for four or five years, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported.

Tushaus did not identify the victims but gave approximate ages. Two boys ages 15 and 17, a 72-year-old man and a 55-year-old woman died at the hotel. Three men ranging in age from 44 to 58 died later at a hospital.

Four other people were hospitalized in serious condition.

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*Hard Attack can only offer Deepest Condolences to the victims families, and support for those who are at the bedsides of those who are in the hospital from the gun shot wounds they received from this Nut.


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