ANTIGO, Wis. --A man who says he was friends with an 18-year-old who opened fire outside a high school prom in northern Wisconsin says the gunman was a former student who still helped out at the school.
Authorities say Jakob E. Wagner wounded two prom-goers as they left the dance late Saturday at Antigo High School, about 150 miles north of Milwaukee. An officer returned fire, fatally wounding Wagner.
Eighteen-year-old Dylan Dewey of Antigo tells The Associated Press that he and Wagner graduated from Antigo High last year and that Wagner continued to help out at the school in one of the art classes. He also says Wagner had been dating a girl at the school but that she had broken up with him last month.
Dewey described Wagner as an "all-around good guy" and said he generally seemed happy.
The attack happened late Saturday outside the Antigo High School prom, said Eric Roller, the chief of police in Antigo, a community of about 8,000 people roughly 150 miles north of Milwaukee.
Roller said the gunman - later identified as Jakob E. Wagner - shot the two students as they exited the building, though he didn't say whether investigators believe they were specifically targeted or discuss a possible motive for the attack.
"Officers were in the parking lot patrolling the activities and heard the shots and an officer immediately fired upon the shooter, stopping the threat," he said. He said the gunman was then taken into custody.
The Unified School District of Antigo said Wagner had approached the school with a high-powered rifle and a large ammunition clip. The district said in a statement that "quick actions" taken by police and district staff to secure the building "prevented what might have otherwise been a disaster of unimaginable proportions, and we are extremely grateful for their well-rehearsed response."
The female victim was treated and released and the male victim was undergoing surgery for injuries that weren't life-threatening, police said.
After the attack, students were escorted from the prom to safety and the victims' families were notified.