WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- Several squad cars responded to an incident Thursday morning about a block away from Franklin Elementary School in Wausau.
Lieutenant Michael Juedes of the Wausau Police Department says the incident began at 10:18 a.m. when a report came in about a possible gunshot. Juedes says there was no gunshot, but there was a fight, as a male suspect smashed a car window to get to the victim.
The assault happened in the 1300 block of North 5th street, where the suspect lives. Yuedes couldn’t confirm where the victim lives, but said the two are familiar with each other. “They knew each other, and I’m not sure why the altercation took place, as the suspects would not divulge that, but they did know each other.”
Yuedes says there were several people at the scene, but so far, it appears to be a fight involving two men. “There were other people present. Witnesses had stated that there were a total of three males they thought were assaulting the fourth male, but as we talked to the victim, he could only point out one male, and that male was arrested. The others denied having any involvement.”
There was no gunshot, but a gun was displayed when the victim sought help a block away. “In regards to the actual attack on 5th Street, there was no gun involved. It was a hands-on situation. Where the victim went for help, there was a person who displayed a gun as I have been told, because the victim entered a house unannounced and was not known to the house owner.”
The 21-year-old attacker is now in custody in the Marathon County Jail. No names have been released.
Franklin School was notified as police were dispatched, and they kept students inside for recess. Students were never in any danger.