CRANDON, Wis. (AP)
As authorities released a chilling timeline of the weekend’s shooting spree, students returned to classes today in a northern Wisconsin city shaken by a rampage that left seven dead. Tyler Peterson, an off-duty sheriff’s deputy, burst into a pizza party at his ex-girlfriend’s home early Sunday and opened fire with an AR-15 assault rifle. Six people, including the ex-girlfriend, were killed, and a seventh was wounded. Hours later, officers closed in on Peterson near a friend’s home. He was shot four times, the last a fatal, self-inflicted wound to the head, state Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said Tuesday. The shootings devastated Crandon, population 2,000, where many people knew at least one of the victims. “I keep thinking, like many of the families, that I’m going to wake up and this is not something that happened, that it’s just going to be normal again,” said Pastor Bill Farr of Praise Chapel Community Church, which all of the victims’ families attend. “That’s not going to be the case.” All six victims were either students or recent graduates of Crandon High School, where Peterson also had graduated. Classes were canceled Monday and Tuesday, and resumed today.