TOWN OF MAINE (AP) – A man charged with shooting his aunt and uncle is being held on $1 million cash bond in Marathon County.
Witnesses told investigators they were playing cards with Sandra and Patrick Schmidt at their home near Wausau Saturday night when their 21-year-old nephew, Kyle Schaefer, came up from the basement with a rifle and fired without saying anything, according to court records. The witnesses told police Schaefer appeared to have targeted his uncle and that his aunt may have been hit by a stray bullet.
When police arrived at the home, they found Sandra Schmitt shot in the abdomen and sitting on the front porch of the home, covered in blood, a criminal complaint said.
She was conscious but unable to walk, so officers carried her to safety behind a car parked in the driveway. At one point, she told police Schaefer was “off the deep end” since his grandmother’s death and that the gun used in the shootings might have been a .22-caliber rifle, News-Herald Media reported.
Officers then went into the home with guns drawn and found Patrick Schmitt lying on the floor of a bathroom, covered in blood. Two officers carried him to the safety of the parked car where they treated him for a wound from a bullet that appeared to have hit him in the left side of his chest.
Both shooting victims are hospitalized in Wausau. Their conditions were not immediately available. Officers arrested Schaefer at the home. He is charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide and three counts of recklessly endangering safety.