Police in Wausau have arrested a suspect in a Thursday morning shooting that left one dead and two injured.
At a 2 p.m. press conference in Wausau, police said one person was found dead on the scene from the shooting at Pine Grove Cemetery on the city's southeast side. Two others were injured and taken to a nearby hospital. Police did not release information about their condition.
The suspected shooter was a former Pine Grove employee, police said. The victims are employees of the cemetery or family members of employees, said Wausau Police Chief Ben Bliven.
Police found the suspect in the area of the cemetery shortly after the shooting and took him into custody without any further incident, Bliven said. Chief Clay Schulz of the Everest Metro Police Department said investigators believe the suspect is also linked to a suspicious fire that broke out Thursday at the suspect's apartment building in Schofield.
Police said they would not release further information until Friday morning. The suspect is expected to make an initial appearance in court Friday.
On Thursday, police had closed off all entrances to the cemetery. Witnesses in the area said they heard multiple gunshots around 8:30 a.m. Thursday.
Rick Schultz of Wausau lives nearby. He said he was outside with his dog when he heard multiple gunshots. He was especially concerned, he said, about the fate of a friend who works at the cemetery.
"I'm distraught right now," Schultz said. "I just need to know if she's okay."
At the Schofield apartment complex, which is just off Grand Avenue less than two miles south of the cemetery, the street was blocked off at 1 p.m., and a Marathon County Bomb Squad vehicle was parked there along with other fire and police vehicles.
An employee of a business near Pine Grove Cemetery said he had heard the gunshots and saw a man, believed to be the suspect based on police reports, jump on a bike and ride through the cemetery.
At the press conference, police said the investigation is still developing. They asked the public to stay away from both scenes, and to come forward with any additional information that might add to the investigation.
At Pine Grove Cemetery on Thursday afternoon, a crime scene investigation vehicle was on site, and investigators were at work in and around the office at Pine Grove Cemetery.