No Clear Motive in Deadly Hotel Shooting

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Police still don't know why a man opened fire during a religious service in suburban Milwaukee Saturday, killing seven people and himself.

Investigators have found no suicide note or other documents to explain Saturday's rampage.

Police say 50 to 60 people were sitting in a hotel meeting room when a member of the church walked in from the back and started firing. They say Terry Ratzmann fired 22 shots, stopping once to reload his handgun.

The dead include the church's minister and his teenage son. Four others were wounded.

Investigators are looking into reports that Ratzmann became upset and walked out of a church service two weeks ago.

The Living Church of God is a denomination whose leader recently prophesied that "end-times" are near.

There are also reports that Ratzmann may have been about to lose his job.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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