Wisconsin firefighter killed in Wednesday shooting; police officer, 2 others also shot

APPLETON, Wis. — An Appleton firefighter has died following a Wednesday night shooting. 

The firefighter was shot, along with three other people, while at the scene of a medical emergency, according to an Appleton Fire Department news release. The firefighter, a 14-year veteran whose name was not released, died at a local hospital. 

One of the other people shot was an Appleton police officer who is recovering in a local hospital, authorities said.

The shooting took place at Valley Transit Center on East Washington Street, authorities said.

Police and firefighters responded to a medical call about 5:30 p.m. local time Wednesday at the transit center, and while treating the person, the situation “escalated into shots being fired,” the department said in a statement Wednesday.

A hospital spokeswoman confirmed paramedics took three injured people to ThedaCare hospitals in Neenah and Appleton.

ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Neenah was locked down after the shooting, as is standard protocol, spokeswoman Michelle Tanem said. As of 9:45 p.m. Wednesday the lockdown was lifted.

Appleton Police spokeswoman Meghan Cash said Wednesday night that she did not know if a suspect was in custody.

Appleton resident Danielle Morris lives near the transit center and saw what she described as commotion.

“It sounded like real loud firecrackers, like consistent ‘pow pow pow,’ and I was thinking it was too loud for fireworks, so I looked out the window,” Morris said. “It seemed like a hostile situation.”

Another witness, Annika Leon, heard the gunshots on her way home from work. She stopped her car and saw officers arrive. 

“We’re seeing … police coming up and rushing the scene, and then I see a bunch of police crouched down, kind of hiding behind a car with the guns, and they’re all pointing at them,” Leon said.

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