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Five people under arrest in Merrill after shooting incident


MERRILL, Wis. (WSAU) - An early Sunday morning shooting incident in Merrill has landed five people in jail.

The 31-year-old Merrill man and his four companions were arrested after they drove to a Town of Merrill home and threatened the occupants. The primary suspect was looking for someone who was not there. When he was informed of that, he held a gun to one of the victim's heads. There was a struggle, and the five suspects all left, after firing shots at the victims.

Police were called just after 1 am, and officers found the five suspects at a bar in the city of Merrill. The group was still in possession of the gun. The other four suspects in the group all provided false information to police when questioned, and have been arrested for disorderly conduct and obstruction. The four other suspects include two Merrill women aged 27 and 26 and two Merrill men aged 32 and 28.

The man with the gun faces numerous felonies, including first degree reckless endangering safety, burglary while armed with a dangerous weapon, and misdemeanor charges of carrying a handgun where alcohol is served, going armed while intoxicated, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, disorderly conduct and obstructing.

Other charges may be filed against the rest of the group.