Jakob Wagner: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
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Jakob Wagner: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Jakob Wagner. (Facebook)

An 18-year-old former student was shot dead by officers after opening fire outside of the prom Saturday night at Antigo High School in Wisconsin, police said.

Jakob Wagner died early Sunday morning, Antigo Police said in a press release.

Two students were shot by Wagner, and were hospitalized, but their injuries are not expected to be life threatening.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Wagner Was Bullied in High School & Was Depressed After Recently Breaking Up With His Girlfriend, Students Say

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Jakob Wagner. (Facebook)

Students told WITI-TV that Wagner went through a bad break-up recently and was depressed.

His Facebook and Instagram profiles show several photos with the girlfriend he recently broke up with.

Dylan Dewey, who knew the gunman, told NBC News that Wagner had been dating a girl who was a student at Antigo until they broke up last month.

He said Wagner was fun to be around.

“When we talked it was always a good time,” Dewey told NBC News. “He would laugh and smile when around his friends.”

Other students told the Wausau Daily Herald that Wagner was bullied a lot in school.

Emily Fisher, 19, told the newspaper students called him names and may have been violent toward him, partly because of bad hygiene. She said the bullying began in middle school and lasted through his high school years.

“Ever since we were younger, he was one of the kids you kind of watched out for,” Fisher said told the Daily Herald. “If someone was going to shoot the school, we thought it was going to be him.”

Dakotta Mills told the Associated Press Wagner was interested in guns and wanted to be a hunter, but Mills wasn’t sure if Wagner could afford to buy a gun.

Wagner graduated from Antigo High School last year, according to police. He was a member of the high school’s marching band, according to his Facebook page.

He posted on Instagram in October that he marched in the high school’s homecoming parade with the band, despite having graduated in the spring.

Wagner was named to the school’s honor roll in 2015, according to the Antigo Times.

Police have not said if they have a motive for the shooting.

“The initial investigation and officer response indicate this was a lone shooter and a search warrant is being executed at his residence seeking any additional information pertaining to this incident,” police said in a statement.


2. Officers Patrolling the Parking Lot at the Prom Heard the Shots & Stopped Wagner, Police Say

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Jakob Wagner. (Facebook)

The shooting occurred at about 11 p.m. at Antigo High School, where the prom was being held, police said in a press release.

“Two students who were attending prom festivities were shot as they exited the building,” police said in the release. “City of Antigo Officers who were patrolling the parking area heard shots fired, and one of those officers was able to fire upon the shooter stopping the threat to additional attendees. The officer’s immediate response prevented further injuries and possible casualties.”

Jakob Wagner was taken to a local hospital and was pronounced dead at about 1 a.m., according to police.

Police said Wagner used a rifle in the shooting.


3. The Prom Was Put on Lockdown Until the Other Students Could Be Safely Removed

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Jakob Wagner. (Facebook)

The prom was put on lockdown after the shooting until police searched the area and determined the lone shooter had been stopped, according to the press release.

“All the people within the prom were eventually escorted from the school and are safe,” Police Chief Eric Roller told reporters.

Sonia Reed, the parent of one of the students inside the prom, told WSAW-TV about 100 to 120 people were inside the building.

“I didn’t see anything suspicious. I didn’t feel any bad vibes. It seemed like it was going to be a normal prom,” she told WASW.


4. One of the Victims Remains Hospitalized & the Other Was Released

A female victim was treated at a local hospital and released by Sunday morning, police said in a press release.

A male victim was undergoing surgery Sunday morning for non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

The girl was from out-of-state and was at the prom with the other victim, her date, who is an Antigo student, NBC News reports.

The victims have not been named. Police said they were shot at random and do not appear to have been targeted.


5. Antigo Is a Small Town About 85 Miles Northwest of Green Bay

Antigo High School. (Google Maps)

Antigo High School. (Google Maps)

Antigo is a small town of about 8,200 residents in Langlade County, Wisconsin. It is located about 85 miles northwest of Green Bay and 150 miles north of Milwaukee.

Sonia Reed, whose son was at the prom, told CNN everyone in the town knows each other and she didn’t expect something like this to happen there.

“I have two other children that’s in the high school, and they don’t want to go back, period,” Reed said.”They’re just beyond freaking out here.”

Reinhardt Balcerzak, a retired Antigo High School teacher and current councilman, said the shooting hasn’t sunk in yet.

“It just takes one or two that are angry about something,” Balcerzak told the Wausa Daily Herald. “It’s too bad that’s going to be the memory for those kids. I feel bad that’s their last prom. I feel bad for the ones who were shot and their parents.”

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starviego

What was the shooting wearing at the time of the shooting?

Dave Shafel

Antigo is the county seat of LANGLADE County (not Langdale)

Sean Sperry

Check the “shooter’s” instagram page.
The rifle he used was an L85A1.

Those do not exist in the US.

He used an Airsoft gun, and the police are covering up the fact that they shot an unarmed kid.

Anonymous

Best not to come to a prom and stalk outside late at night with something that ‘looks’ like a rifle. Problem solved. Police did the right thing !!!

starviego

So were the two ‘wounded’ shot by an airsoft gun, ….or by errant police bullets? Did the shooter even point and fire this airsoft gun? Did police ever give him an opportunity to drop the weapon? Or did they just open up on him? Did he walk into a police ambush?

Stef

He shot a very real rifle and the police shot him in response. No errant bullets from police…. the victims were in a complete different direction from the gunfire made to stop the shooter by police. And of course they didn’t ask him to drop his gun before firing upon him because he was already firing! They followed their training to a tee. This troller is just trying to start something. The Instagram information he referred to doesn’t even exist. even suggesting such a thing, is bullshit because this officer already has to live with having to do what he had to do. He shouldn’t have to read it like this because somebody was out all life is trying to get their rocks off and start something.

BB

I think it would be funny to see how these people who love to bash police would react if we went to lawlessness, complete anarchy, no police protection and watch what they would do when someone beat on their door and said “this is my house now bitch, get out and leave your wife in there for me”. These people would be begging for the police.

dhconner

Hey Bud: there are all kinds of guns in this country, including some that you don’t know about. Save the conspiracy yak for your next therapy session.

Stef

Bullshit. I heard that shots from my back porch. Plus, the two kids he shot have very real injuries, NOT from an air soft gun… stop trolling and spreading vicious rumors… the cop that speed this threat is a hero. It’s always terrible when an officer must fire his weapon, especially on someone so young, but there really was no other cousin choice here. Plus, your reference to his supposed Instagram account is bs, too. There’s nothing there! So, again, so trolling and talking about something you know nothing about.

starviego

OK then, tell me what kind of weapon he was using and where he got it. And why the delay in releasing this info?

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