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UPDATE: Wausau man Pleads not Guilty to Shooting 2 People

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UPDATE: Wed 10:05 AM, May 14, 2014

A 21-year-old Wausau man accused of shooting two people during a card game earlier this month, has plead not guilty.

Kyle Schaefer is charged with attempted 1st degree intentional homicide, and three counts of recklessly endangering safety.

On May 4, family members told NewsChannel 7 both victims were in stable condition.

The incident happened at a home in the Town of Maine.

Investigators say Schaefer came up out of the basement while the two victims were playing a card game with two other friends over when he shot approximately three .22 caliber shots. That's when the Sheriff's Department received two 911 calls from people inside the home. Capt. Bean of the Marathon County Sheriff's Department believes one shot hit the female victim, while two others hit the male victim.

Investigators have still not identified a motive.

Schaefer remains in custody on a $1 million cash bond.

He's expected to return to court on June 13 for a clerical court appearance.

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UPDATE: Mon 9:35 PM, May 6, 2014

Bond has been set at $1 million cash for a suspect in a weekend shooting that injured two people.

Kyle Schaefer, 21, of Wausau is accused of shooting Patrick Schmitt, 48 and Sandra Schmitt, 54, at a home on the 1600 block of N. 44th Ave. north of Wausau on Saturday, May 3 around 9:30 p.m.

Schaefer is charged with attempted first degree intentional homicide, and three counts of 1st degree recklessly endangering safety. A judge also order he have no contact with the victims.

A Captain with the Marathon Co. Sheriff's Department said the victims and alleged shooter are related.

There currently are no updates on the condition of the victims at this time.

Schaefer will return to court on May 14. That's when he's expected to learn if his case will head to trial.

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UPDATE 11:52 AM 05/04

Family members tell NewsChannel 7 that the two victims are in stable condition as of Sunday morning. Captain Greg Bean with the Marathon County Sheriff's Department was investigating the shooting and said both the victims and the shooter are related.

He said the 21-year-old suspect came up out of the basement while the two victims were playing a card game with two other friends over when he shot approximately three .22 caliber shots. That's when the Sheriff's Department received two 911 calls from people inside the home. Capt. Bean believes one shot hit the female victim, while two others hit the male victim, receiving serious injuries. They are currently being treated at Aspirus Hospital in Wausau.

Investigators are searching for a motive. Capt. Bean said the names of those involved are not being released at this time so friends and family can be notified.

Capt. Bean said attempted homicide charges against the suspect are being referred to the District Attorney's office. He said there will likely be no further details until tomorrow.

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UPDATE 11:45 PM 05/03

Road blocks off of Highway U have been removed. The 44th Avenue block, which is a dead end, remains closed.

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The Marathon County Sheriff's Department said two people are in the hospital with gun shot wounds after a shooting Saturday night.

Deputy Chief Chad Billeb tells NewsChannel 7 that they arrived on scene around 9:40 to find two people shot. Officers are headed over to the hospital to check on their conditions. Over the scanner, officers referred to at least one victim as female.

There is only one suspect and that man was taken in custody on scene. Over the scanner, officers said the shooting happened over a card game. The shooting happened in a residential area near the corner of Highway U and 44th Avenue in the Town of Maine.

The Marathon County Sheriff's Department along with the Wausau Police Department, and Everest Metro Police Department, Wausau Fire Department and Town of Maine First Responders responded. One SWAT member also assisted, however it was a patrol call, not involving the SWAT team.

Billeb told NC7 that they are unsure of when residents will be able to go back into their homes, but they will likely be escorted in by police.

Detectives from the Marathon County Sheriff's Department are on scene investigating.

Billeb said a press release will be issued with more details.


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