Wisconsin Shooter Charged With First-Degree Homicide

(c) National Review Online Several days after a University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh student shot four women on campus and killed herself, police charged 24-year-old Daniel C. Benzschawel with first-degree intentional homicide in their deaths, reported…

Wisconsin Shooter Charged With First-Degree Homicide

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Several days after a University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh student shot four women on campus and killed herself, police charged 24-year-old Daniel C. Benzschawel with first-degree intentional homicide in their deaths, reported Wisconsin State Journal reporter Jason Ippel (subscription required).

After opening fire during a party on campus Sunday morning, Benzschawel walked away and then shot himself in the head. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Benzschawel’s live-in girlfriend walked in on him in bed, where he was “laying on top of a woman, squeezing her neck with one of his hands and had a pistol to her head.”

After shooting himself, Benzschawel told his girlfriend to tell police that he had shot and killed his girlfriend, presumably the four women killed at the university’s Recreational Sports Center. His girlfriend has been released from police custody but is due to face charges herself soon.

Waukesha County sheriff’s deputies arrested Benzschawel at a Walgreens store after exchanging gunfire with police at the crime scene.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, other students were not injured. The four dead were Ann Meredith Savage, 47, and three members of the same family — Tammy Reynolds, 27, Alisa Janelle Zepeda, 23, and Erin Michael-M. Reynolds, 26. All were devoted mothers, their loved ones said.

“Tammy, Alisa, Erin, and Ann were all wonderful mothers,” said a statement from the Reynolds family. “Each has given life and joy to an endless number of families. Every child raised in one of their homes is blessed, and every family is better for the wonderful lives that they had with those parents.”

Read the full story at Milwaukee.com.

— Erin Darke

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