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She said her daughter called Saturday night and asked whether she could sleep over at a friend's house. "I'm waiting for somebody to wake me up right now. This is a bad, bad dream," the weeping mother said. "All I heard is it was a jealous boyfriend and he went berserk. He took them all out."
A second victim was Bradley Schultz, 20, a third-year student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee who was home to visit his friends, said his aunt, Sharon Pisarek.
"We still don't have many details, but from what they've told us, there was a girl next to him and he was covering her, protecting her," she said, sobbing. "He was loved by everybody. He was everybody's son. Senseless."
Dennis Satorius, who is retired and lives in Crandon, was among about two dozen people watching Green Bay Packers football at the Pack Em Inn on the town's main street about a block from the scene of the shootings.
"Crandon has always been known as the place with the world's best off-road raceway," he said. "Now it will be all about this. This terrible thing that's happened."
Looking around the bar, Satorius said, "They're all grieving. Just about everyone has a connection with some of the victims. Some of these kids were my granddaughter's friends. I saw them sing at Christmas plays. One of them was a twin. They were good kids. There is a huge dent in this town now."
Marci Franz, 35, who lives two houses south of the duplex, said several gunshots and squealing tires woke her. Her husband, David, 36, said it was hard to accept that someone in law enforcement committed such an act.
"The first statement we said to each other was, how did he get through the system?" David Franz said. "How do they know somebody's background, especially that young? It is disturbing, to say the least."
About 150 people gathered at Praise Chapel Community Church in Crandon and waited anxiously for hours for police to confirm the victims' identities about 4 p.m., said Bud Evans, a church elder. Several of the victims' families were present, he said.
Evans said Peterson and a young woman who lived on the first floor of the duplex had ended a relationship, he said.
"People are just in shock," said Donna Leiskau, who answered the phone at the Church of God. "He was a good guy, a regular guy," she said of Peterson. Crandon, she said, is the type of town "where everybody pretty much knows everybody. We're all related."
School is canceled for all grade levels today. Guidance counselors and a school psychologist will be available at Praise Chapel for students and their family members.
The sheriff said he would meet with state Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen this morning to discuss the case. Dennee said the state Department of Criminal Investigation will investigate because the suspect was a deputy and officer.
A similar case happened in Minnesota on Dec. 27, 1992, at a bar just outside the Red Lake Indian Reservation near Bemidji. Delwyn Dudley, a 42-year-old off-duty Bureau of Indian Affairs officer killed two people before being shot and killed by authorities.