Wausau shooting suspect's bond set at $1 million, apt. tenants allowed to return

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) -- Bond has been set at $1 million cash for a 64-year-old man arrested following a Wausau shooting that injured two people and left one dead.

Photo source Marathon County Jail

Henry West appeared in Marathon County Circuit Court Friday for a probable cause hearing.

Wausau Police Chief Ben Bliven says a 60-year-old man remains in critical condition and a 70-year-old woman is in stable condition following a shooting in Wausau. A third victim, a 52-year-old woman died at the scene. The victims are employees or relatives of employees at Pine Grove Cemetery, according to investigators.

Police say they're recommending charges of first-degree intentional homicide and two counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide. He’s expected to be formally charged Oct. 18.

In a news release, Chief Bliven said West was a former employee of Pine Grove Cemetery up until 2012. He says West did not leave employment on his own terms and was dissatisfied with Pine Grove Cemetery. He was also in the midst of being evicted from his Fullmer Street apartment.

“These are two pertinent facts we have learned during the investigation of this incident,” Bliven stated.

An investigation began around 8:15 a.m. Thursday morning at the apartment complex on Fullmer Street in Schofield. Police said they responded to a fire, which they believe is suspicious. Then a shooting was reported about a mile away at Pine Grove Cemetery.

During a press conference, police said a handgun was recovered at the cemetery.

The Department of Criminal Investigation was also at the cemetery, along with Wisconsin State Patrol. Crime scene tape was around the perimeter and investigators closed down the majority of the cemetery. The cemetery reopened to the public Friday.

The shooting was reported around 8:30 a.m. A man in handcuffs was placed in the back of a Wausau Police squad car near Curling Way around 9:25 a.m.

The Marathon County Bomb Squad was at the scene of a fire at the Schofield apartment complex. The agency was one of many Marathon County law enforcement crews to respond to the area.

Investigators said a gas leak was coming from a house next to the apartment. Two nearby business were evacuated and bystanders were told to move 1,000 feet away. As of Friday afternoon, tenants are able to return to their apartments to either stay or retrieve items, however some of the apartments don't have heat or electricity, according to Everest Metro Police.

At about 6 p.m. Thursday, law enforcement obtained a search warrant for multiple buildings, including the suspect's apartment and garage. The Marathon County Bomb Squad used an explosive device to get through the suspect's door. Authorities said they'll be using a robot to enter the suspect's apartment.

Thursday night, residents who live in the apartment complexes were told to head to the Schofield City Hall. Chief Clay Schulz with the Everest Metro Police Department tells NewsChannel 7 they were not able to go home because the scene was still active. Resources were available to residents.

Crews from Riverside, SAFER, Wausau, Ringle, Mosinee, Kronenwetter, and the Salvation Army were all requested to respond to the first scene in Schofield Thursday morning.

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Schofield Fire Scene. Oct 3, 2019