Chippewa County (WQOW) – Police have left both crime scenes less than 24 hours after shots rang out in Lake Hallie and Lafayette, but the shooting has left a lasting impact on both communities.
News 18 spoke with neighbors in both communities and they said they feel a little on edge after the nighttime murders.
All were confused as to what they heard Sunday night (Monday morning) and had similar things to say about the people who live inside the homes that were targeted.
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“I heard five or six pops, but we’ve had firecrackers forever, they’re always going off here. So, I never even gave it a thought until my house lit up with blue and red lights and ambulances,” said Barbara Potts, a resident in Lake Hallie.
Potts’ normally quiet neighborhood turned into a crime scene overnight. Seven miles to the east, it was a similar scene at Brennan Thorgerson’s community in the town of Lafayette.
“I’d say around 9, 10 o’clock I heard a mortar go off, but then thinking about it, I don’t know if that was really a mortar or not,” Thorgerson said.
A quiet night ended by the sound of gun shots and sirens. As the day went on, both neighbors said the reality of what happened set in.
They say their neighbors were good people.
“Very quiet people, they kept to themselves,” Thorgerson said. They’d talk and give you a nice wave. Very normal family, I’d say there wasn’t anything weird going on around here and they never seemed to have family problems or anything like that.”
Potts said the community is still in shock that such a tragedy hit so close to home.
“Very shook up,” Potts said. “I told the policeman you never come here. You don’t have to come on this street. We’re very quiet, everybody knows everybody. This is a shock.”
Right now, we still do know know the victims’ names or what the motive was for the shooting. Law enforcement officials say the community is safe.