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THREE KILLED IN BRIDGE SHOOTING

Suspect taken into custody this morning

August 1, 2008
By LISA M. HOFFMANN,Staff Writer

IRON MOUNTAIN - Three people are dead after a middle-aged man dressed in camouflage shot at several Michigan residents swimming at the train bridge in East Kingsford late Thursday afternoon.

The search for the suspect ended this morning.

Kathy Frank, public information officer at the command center set up at the Niagara High School, said just before 9 a.m. the Marinette County Sheriff's Department, in conjunction with the numerous assisting law enforcement agencies, took a suspect into custody in the multiple shootings at the East Kingsford train bridge.

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Kingsford Public Safety officers and volunteer firefighters are shown at the entrance to the East Kingsford Train bridge where four people were shot Thursday afternoon. Three people were killed by a gunman. The suspect was apprehended this morning. The East Kingsford Train Bridge in Breitung Township crosses the Menominee River is a popular swimming area for young people in the summer. For more photos, visit the CU site at www.ironmountaindailynews.com. For news updates, visit www.ironmountaindailynews.com.
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"At this time the incident has shifted to a criminal investigation. We do not have specific details on the apprehension of the suspect," she said.

Police radio said the suspect walked out about 100 yards east of the bridge. He was apprehended without incident.

More details will be released at a news conference later today.

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Marinette County Dispatch Center received a call from Dickinson County Dispatch at 5:34 p.m. Thursday indicating shots were reported fired from the Wisconsin side of the East Kingsford train bridge in Breitung Township.

At 5:47 p.m., Marinette County Dispatch received a call from a residence on Bennett Road stating a male in camouflage clothing jumped out of the woods shooting at four people. Two of them got away to the residence on Bennett Road.

Further investigation revealed there was a group of nine young adults gathered by the East Kingsford train bridge, which is located on the Menominee River approximately three miles west of Niagara in Breitung Township.

The Menominee River forms the border between Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula.

Four of the individuals were shot, three fatally and one with minor injuries, police said.

The victims have been identified as 17-year-old Tiffany Pohlson, 18-year-old Anthony D. Spigarelli and 19-year-old Bryan Mort.

The injured person is 20-year-old Daniel Louis Gordon. All of them are from Michigan.

Families of those killed or witnesses at the scene of the incident are not commenting publicly at this time.

All law enforcement personnel involved extend their most sincere condolences to those who have lost a loved one. Any motive for these shootings in unclear, police said.

Police radio scanner reported the suspect had a .30 caliber semi automatic rifle.

During the search, a plane with infrared capabilities from Wisconsin State Patrol searched the area for heat sources generated by body temperature. Law enforcement personnel went door to door and evacuated residences within at least one square mile of the Kingsford train bridge following the shooting. A shelter was set up in the town of Aurora, Wis. at Hillcrest School. The American Red Cross from Iron Mountain is staffing the shelter and the command center in Niagara.

Roadblocks were in place at U.S. 141 and County Highway N in Niagara, west into the town of Aurora and County O from the Country Bar north to County Highway N. All residences on Antonissen and Bennett Roads were evacuated, and portions of Timothy and Carpenter Roads in the township of Niagara. Many of those roadblocks have since been taken down.

All of the surrounding agencies are involved. Those include Dickinson County Sheriff's Department, Michigan State Police, Wisconsin State Patrol, Florence County Sheriff's Department, Marinette County Sheriff's Department, Niagara City Police, Kingsford Public Safety, Iron Mountain Police Department, volunteer fire and rescue squads and agencies from Wausau and Eau Claire.

Police reported the suspect is a white male, possibly gray or blond hair, between 30 and 50 years of age, approximately 5-feet 10-inches or shorter, in camouflage clothing and carrying an assault rifle.

No additional information regarding the suspect can be provided at this time.

Marinette County is currently arranging crisis counseling for individuals affected by this tragedy. Anybody in need of crisis counseling, go to the Niagara Branch of the Marinette County Health and Human Services Department later this morning.

Lisa M. Hoffmann's e-mail address is lhoffmann@ironmountaindailynews.com.

 
 

 

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