Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include new information about the name of one of the victims of the shooting. A Colby Abbotsford Police Department news release issued Monday gave the name of the male victim as Duane Lopez. But family members alerted Wausau Pilot and Review that the name of the male victim is Duane Hostetler Jr., of Stetsonville.
By Shereen Siewert
UPDATE, 12:22 p.m. Monday — Police have identified a man and woman killed in a weekend shooting as 21-year-old Cierra Hardrath and 25-year-old Duane R. Hostetler, Jr.
Police say the two were fatally shot by Tyler M. Zimmerman, 26, who lived with Hardrath in Owen. Two children were inside the home when the shooting took place but were not injured.
An 18-year-old woman, Megan R. Dupee, was also shot, according to the Colby-Abbotsford Police Department. Dupee, who survived the attack, was able to call 911 and was taken to Marshfield Medical Center for treatment. Dupee and Hostetler were engaged to be married and had no affiliation with Zimmerman, police said.
Zimmerman, who is facing two counts of first degree intentional homicide and a charge of attempted first degree homicide, is due in court at 2 p.m. Monday.
This story will be updated.
WAUSAU — The lone suspect in a weekend shooting that left two people dead and a third person injured has been identified as 26-year-old Tyler M. Zimmerman.
Zimmerman is expected to appear Monday afternoon in Marathon County Circuit Court on charges of first degree murder and other charges, according to a jail intake report. Formal charges have not yet been filed.
Police say they were called at 3:02 a.m. Saturday to a home at 406 E. Maple Street in Abbotsford for a report of a shooting. There, they found a man and a woman dead inside the home. A third victim, a woman, was transported to an area hospital for treatment, police said.
About 13 minutes after the shooting was reported, Zimmerman posted a public message on his Facebook page that read “Farewell everyone, I’m sorry for all that I have hurt from this, someone pick up Maisy and derby for me please.”
Zimmerman was taken into custody outside the home and was taken to the Marathon County Jail, where he is currently being held. Investigators say there are witnesses to the shooting who are sharing crucial information with police.
The names of the victims have not yet been publicly released pending notification of relatives.
Wausau Pilot and Review will update this story throughout the day as additional details are released.
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