Shooting Rampage by Tyler Peterson Off Duty Sheriff’s Deputy Kills 6 in Crandon, WI (Update: “Worthless Pig”)
Tyler Peterson, a 20 year old, off duty Sheriff’s deputy has done the unthinkable. Wisconsin Forest County Sheriff’s Deputy Tyler Peterson, who also worked part-time as a Crandon police officer, barged into a home where a pizza and movie party was going on, opened fire, and killed six. The bizarre shootings took place about 2:45 a.m. at a home in Crandon, a town of about 2,000 people 220 miles north of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A man hunt took place for several hours afterward where Tyler Peterson was later shot to death by police.
School yearbook and made available by WJFW-TV in Rhinelander, Wis. shows Tyler Peterson. Peterson, an off-duty sheriff’s deputy went on a shooting rampage early Sunday Oct. 7, 2007 at a home where seven young people had gathered for pizza and movies, killing six and critically injuring the other before authorities took him down, officials said. (AP Photo/WJFW-TV)
School Superintendent Richard Peters told The Associated Press that three local high school students were killed and another three who died had graduated within the past year. After a manhunt lasting several hours, Peterson was tracked down by his fellow officers. “There are six deceased inside that residence,” Police Chief John Dennee told reporters. “The subject was located by law enforcement officers. The subject is deceased and is no longer a threat to the public.” (CNN)
What would possess someone who was considered a “good kid” and seemingly never showed any signs of violence to do such a heinous act? Many of the facts are still sketchy at this point; however, there are some theories.
While it was unclear what the gunman’s motive was, the mother of one victim said he may have been a jealous boyfriend. “I’m waiting for somebody to wake me up right now,” said Jenny Stahl, 39, the mother of 14-year-old Lindsey Stahl, who was killed in the shooting. “This is a bad, bad dream. All I heard it was a jealous boyfriend and he went berserk. He took them all out.”
Maybe the answers to what transpired or what Tyler Peterson said prior to the shooting will be learned from the one survivor who is presently in critical condition.
Six innocent people dead and a suspect as well because a person could not take rejection and being called a name? What has this world come to? This is just another example of the young people of society not understanding the severity or the consequences of their actions. Nothing so petty as being called a name in life is worth killing over. Also, no relationship is worth ending anothers life either. It could also be stated that provoking a person “on the edge” and making humiliating comments may also not be the right move either.
A young sheriff’s deputy who opened fire on a pizza party and killed six people flew into a rage when he was rebuffed by his old girlfriend – and others called him a “worthless pig.”
A longtime friend told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel yesterday that 20-year-old Tyler Peterson came to his door in the hours after the rampage and calmly explained what he had done.
“He wasn’t running around crazy or anything. He was very, very sorry for what he did,” Mike Kegley told the paper, adding that he gave Peterson coffee and food and then called 911.
Peterson told Kegley that he had gone to his ex-girlfriend’s house early Sunday morning in hopes of patching up the relationship after a recent breakup.