11-year-old Among Dead In Wisconsin Bridge Shooting
On Monday, police announced at a press conference that the perpetrator responsible for the shooting in Wisconsin on Sunday had shot four people before pulling the trigger on himself.
The shooting occurred in Menasha, Wisconsin, on the Trestle Trail bridge.
Among the victims were Jonathan Stoffel, his wife Erin Stoffel, and daughter Olivia. The fourth victim was Adam Bentdahl. Of them, Jonathan (33), Olivia (11), and Bentdahl (31) perished.
Erin, who is currently in critical condition, underwent surgery at Theda Clark Medical Center.
According to Chicago Tribune, the victims had reached halfway across the Little Lake Butte des Morts when Valencia del Toro, who had a fight with his ex-fiance, started firing.
Police Chief Tim Styka said that del Toro had “relationship issues” and that he and his ex-fiance had called off their wedding last week, as reported by USA Today.
He further added that the incident seemed to be “a random act.” Del Toro was declared dead at a local hospital.
Del Toro was a freshman in his second semester studying criminal justice at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Styka said he had served in the U.S. Air Force and had been recently enlisted in the U.S. Army.
Del Toro was undergoing training as a member of the Menasha Auxiliary Police, a group of volunteers who do community service.
He was discharged from the Air Force in 2014. Records reveal he was a senior airman. However, whether his discharge was honorary or not is not yet known.
Mike Dickerson, spokesman for the Air Force Personnel Center in San Antonio, said that del Toro was a food service journeyman from November 2008 to March 2014.
Robert Kelley, an airman, had served with the suspect from 2010 until 2014.
“I mean, he had his share of problems like anybody else, but I could never imagine him randomly shooting people,” Kelley said.
Ten to twelve shots were heard from the western end of the bridge, witnesses said.
According to Fox News, one of the witnesses, Judge Finley, said, “He shot enough rounds to hurt several people.
“I mean it was just like the old days in (Vietnam): Bang, bang, bang, bang … and then it got quiet. I saw people running, and both of us looked at each other and said, ‘Those weren’t fireworks,’” he said, according to Fox News.
Since 2011, the Trestle Trail has been used by 354,631 people.
Brian Tungate, Menasha’s parks and recreation director, had said previously, “It is used year-round.
“It is used by residents. It is used by folks from outside the community.”
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