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Gov. Scott Walker is praising the police response to a shooting that wounded two people leaving a high school prom in northern Wisconsin. Photo: NBC Gov. Scott Walker is praising the police response to a shooting that wounded two people leaving a high school prom in northern Wisconsin. Photo: NBC
ANTIGO, Wis. -

The Latest on a shooting outside of a high school prom in northern Wisconsin (all times local):
    
3:10 p.m.
    
Gov. Scott Walker is praising the police response to a shooting that wounded two people leaving a high school prom in northern Wisconsin.
    
Walker says in a statement that the actions of the Antigo Police Department "undoubtedly saved lives."
    
Police say 18-year-old Jakob E. Wagner shot and wounded two prom-goers outside the school Saturday night. Wagner was killed by police.
    
Walker says he and his wife, Tonette, send their thoughts and prayers to the students of Antigo High School, their families and the community.
    
The Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation has been asked to lead a review of the officer-involved shooting.
    
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1:20 p.m.
    
A friend of an 18-year-old who police say opened fire with a high-powered rifle outside a Wisconsin prom says the gunman loved video games, hanging out with friends and music.
    
Authorities say Jakob E. Wagner shot and wounded two people Saturday night in the northern Wisconsin town of Antigo. Wagner was killed by police.
    
Dakotta Mills says he had known Wagner since sixth grade and considered him a foster brother. He says Wagner was raised by his mother and grandparents.
    
Mills says Wagner was interested in guns and wanted to become a hunter, and had gone through a hunter safety course a few years ago. But he wasn't sure Wagner could afford a gun.
    
Mills says the Wagner he knew was "a good kid."
    
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1:10 p.m.
    
A school administrator says he does not believe an 18-year-old who shot and wounded two people outside a high school prom in northern Wisconsin targeted the victims.
    
Instead, interim district administrator Donald Childs tells The Associated Press he believes the gunman planned to enter the prom and start shooting randomly.
    
Childs says the suspect, identified by police as Jakob E. Wagner, did not graduate with his class from Antigo High School last year and was continuing to work on his diploma.
    
Police returned fire, fatally wounding Wagner. The school plans to have counselors available when classes resume Monday.
    
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12:05 p.m.
    
A man who says he was friends with an 18-year-old who opened fire outside a high school prom in northern Wisconsin says the gunman had been in his class.
    
Authorities say Jakob E. Wagner wounded two prom-goers as they left the dance late Saturday at Antigo High School, about 150 miles north of Milwaukee. An officer returned fire, fatally wounding Wagner.
    
Eighteen-year-old Dylan Dewey of Antigo tells The Associated Press that Wagner had been dating a girl at the school but that she had broken up with him last month.
    
Dewey described Wagner as an "all-around good guy" and said he generally seemed happy.
    
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11:30 a.m.
    
School officials in Wisconsin say officers outside a prom where an 18-year-old opened fire, wounding two students, "prevented what might have otherwise been a disaster of unimaginable proportions."
    
The Antigo School District says the suspect, identified by police as Jakob E. Wagner, shot at the two prom-goers as they left the dance late Saturday, wounding one in the leg and grazing the other. An officer returned fire, fatally wounding Wagner.
    
The district said in a statement that Wagner had approached the school with a high-powered rifle and a large ammunition clip.
    
Police already were stationed to patrol the parking lot at the high school dance in Antigo, a community about 150 miles north of Milwaukee.
    
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10:30 a.m.
    
Authorities have identified a man who they say shot and wounded two students outside of their northern Wisconsin prom as 18-year-old Jakob E. Wagner.
    
Police say Wagner opened fire late Saturday and shot the male and female students with a rifle as they left the high school dance in Antigo, a community about 150 miles north of Milwaukee.
    
Police Chief Eric Roller says an officer who was in the parking lot shot Wagner. Langlade County Coroner Larry Shadick told The Associated Press that he died early Sunday morning in the intensive care unit at a Wausau hospital.
    
In a news release, police say the female student was treated at a hospital and released and that the male student was undergoing surgery for injuries that weren't life-threatening.
    
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9:50 a.m.
    
A coroner says an 18-year-old man who shot two students as they left their northern Wisconsin prom has died.
    
Langlade County Coroner Larry Shadick told The Associated Press that the suspect died shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday in an intensive care unit at a Wausau hospital. He said police would release any further details.
    
Eric Roller, the chief of police in Antigo, told reporters that the suspect opened fire with a rifle late Saturday and shot the two students before an officer in the parking lot shot him.
    
All three were taken to a hospital.
    
Antigo is a community of about 8,000 people roughly 150 miles north of Milwaukee.
    
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6 a.m.
    
Wisconsin police say a person toting a rifle opened fire outside a high school prom, leaving three people injured.
    
Antigo Police Chief Eric Roller says in a statement that the shooter "showed up" Saturday night at Antigo High School and started firing at two people outside the building.
    
Roller says officers in a nearby parking lot heard gunshots, and an officer fired upon the shooter, "stopping the threat." Roller says everyone at the prom was eventually "escorted from the school and are safe."
    
It was not immediately known if the unidentified suspect was among the injured at the hospital, or if they were a student. Roller says the shooter was in custody.
    
The condition of those injured wasn't immediately known, but Roller says all three were taken to the hospital.
    
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3 a.m.
    
Wisconsin authorities say a shooting at a high school prom has left three people injured.
    
Aspirus Langlade Hospital officials tell WSAW-TV (http://bit.ly/1T6xy7Z) that the facility treated three patients following a shooting at Antigo High School about 11 p.m. Saturday night. The say two have been moved to another hospital and one is expected to be discharged early Sunday morning.
    
WSAW says the entrance to the high school remains blocked to traffic, but parents were being allowed through to reunite with their children.
    
Identities of the victims and the shooter were not immediately available.
    
A message seeking further information was left Sunday by The Associated Press with the Langdale County Sheriff's Office, which is handling the ongoing investigation.

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