BREAKING: Appleton shooting suspect believed to be from Wausau area

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UPDATE: Officials say they believe the man who shot and killed an Appleton firefighter was from the Wausau area.

They say crews were called to the scene for a 47-year-old man getting off a bus who was having a medical emergency. The man then apparently started walking toward the library, according to officials.

They say while first responders were tending to the male it escalated into shots being fired.

The firefighter who was killed in a shooting at Valley Transit in Appleton has been identified as Mitchell F. Lundgaard.

“Mitch was married and a father of three young kids. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time,” said Appleton Fire Chief Jeremy Hansen.

Police and fire vehicles escorted Lundgaard’s body down College Ave and to Brettschneider-Trettin-Nickel Funeral Chapel Thursday. Citizens lined the street to pay their respects.

Lights flashed, but no sirens rang out. All was silent.


APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) – UPDATE: The Appleton Fire Department says the firefighter who was shot Wednesday night has died. The firefighter’s name has not been released, but the statement says the firefighter had been with the department for 14 years.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Fire Chief Jeremy Hansen and Mayor Hanna will make a statement to the media on Thursday at the Appleton Police Department.


Appleton police say an officer and a firefighter are among four people wounded in a shooting near the city transit center Wednesday evening.

Police say all those injured were transported to hospitals. We don’t know their conditions. Each of the patients was accompanied by officers.

Viewer Tamara Owens sent us video of a man being handcuffed while on his stomach on a sidewalk. Police could not confirm anyone was in custody but the said there is “no ongoing threat to the community.”

Meghan Cash of the Appleton Police Department says police and fire departments responded to the transit center for a medical call shortly at 5:30 p.m. While they were treating the person, “the incident escalated into shots being fired.”

Anupika Khare

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