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UPDATE: Gunman, 15, dies from self inflicted gunshot wounds


MARINETTE, (WKOW) --  The family of a 15-year-old who held his class hostage for six hours before fatally shooting himself says they'd seen no indication something was wrong with the boy.

Samuel Hengel's family issued the following statement through a spokeswoman Tuesday. 

"Our family is extremely distraught over the events that have taken place over the course of the last twenty-four hours that have concluded with the passing of our son.

We wish we knew and could provide insight to what led Sam to take these drastic acts. Unfortunately we may never know the answer to the question 'Why?' because there were no indicators to make us think something was wrong. In the coming days and weeks as we talk to other people involved in this incident we hope reasons surface so we too, can stop asking ourselves 'Why?'

Even though we are devastated and heartbroken over the loss of our son, we are extremely thankful there were no other injuries in this incident. Our thoughts and prayers are also with the students, teacher, their families and others affected by this horrific incident. Although there were no physical injuries to others, we regret the emotional trauma to all involved.

"Thank you to all emergency response agencies for the role they played in keeping the situation from escalating further. Thank you to the public for your support for our family and individuals involved. We appreciate you respecting our privacy at this most difficult time."

Authorities say the teen shot himself the night before when police stormed the Marinette High School classroom where he'd held about two dozen other students and teacher. No others were injured.


MARINETTE (WKOW) -- Authorities say a 15-year-old boy who held 23 students and a teacher hostage at Marinette High School Monday night has died at a Green Bay hospital from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Marinette Police Chief Jeff Skorik says sophomore Samuel Hengel died at 10:44 a.m. Tuesday. Skorik says Hengel, of Porterfield, shot himself as police stormed the classroom where he was holding hostages for roughly 5 hours.

None of the hostages were injured.


MARINETTE (WKOW)  -- Marinette Police Chief says the gunman is listed in serious condition with life-threatening injuries from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a five-hour standoff with police.

Marinette Police Chief Jeff Skorik says investigators still have no clear motive for the boy's actions Monday.

The chief says the boy gave no reason for holding the 23 students and teacher in a classroom at Marinette High School. None of the hostages were hurt.

Police say the boy shot himself as police burst into the classroom Monday night. Skorik says the teen had two handguns and fired several shots inside the classroom during the standoff. He says additional ammunition was found in a duffel bag at the school.


MARINETTE (WKOW) -- The student who held a class of 23 students and one teacher hostage at gunpoint at Marinette High School Monday shot and injured himself when police entered the classroom.

The 15-year-old is a member of the class. Police Chief Jeffrey Skorik says the plan was to wait until the suspect left the classroom peacefully, but at 8:03 p.m., officers heard three gunshots and were concerned for the safety of the hostages, so they entered the room. When they approached the armed student, he shot himself.  He was taken to Bay Area Medical Center.  His condition has not been released.

Police say the student had two guns in his possession, including a .22-caliber semi-automatic, and a 9 mm semi-automatic. Students told police there were shots fired shots before the three that happened shortly after 8, but the Chief did not say what was shot or why.

The 23 students and the teacher were all released without injury. The gunman allowed five of the students to go first, because they had to use the restroom.

Police did not release information about a possible motive for the situation.

School officials canceled all classes for Tuesday.


MARINETTE, Wis. (WKOW) -- All the hostages have been released and are reunited with their families. Marinette Police Jeff Doric just made that announcement. The female teacher who was also being held by the student has been released.

Officials will discuss the status of the student gunman at 9:30p.

We'll have an update at 9:30p when police are expected to brief the media. A full report tonight on 27 News at 10.


MARINETTE, Wis. (WKOW) -- Marinette Police Chief says "good news".  Five hostages have been released by the student gunman.


MARINETTE, Wis. (WKOW) -- Officials says an armed student has taken hostages inside a high school classroom in Marinette.

Here is the latest update from Marinette County Emergency Management:

The hostage situation at Marinette High School is on-going.  A male student is holding a classroom of approximately 23 students and one female teacher.  The suspect is armed with a handgun of unknown make and model.  Police are in phone contact with the teacher in the classroom.  The suspect has not made his motive known nor has me made any demands.

There have been numerous inaccuracies reported on social media networks including that students have been injured.  There are no injuries.

School officials are meeting with parents reviewing a class roster to ascertain exactly which students are in the classroom.  Mental health counselors from Marinette Health and Human Services are also with the parents.  Additionally, Investigators are meeting with the parents of the suspect.

Responding agencies include: Marinette Police Department, Marinette County Sheriff Department, Marinette County Emergency Management, WI Department of Natural Resources, WI State Patrol, Green Bay Police and Sheriff Departments, Menominee (MI) Police Department, Menominee County (MI) Sheriff Department, Crivitz Police Department  and the American Red Cross.

Another press conference is scheduled for 9:00 PM.

Stay with WKOW.com for the latest information.


MARINETTE, Wis. (WKOW) -- An emergency management official in Wisconsin says an armed student has taken hostages inside a high school classroom in Marinette.

Marinette police chief Jeffrey Skorik says 23 students and one teacher are in the classroom.  He says the teacher is serving as a mediator between the student and police.  Skorik says the student is armed with a handgun.

Marinette County emergency management director Eric Burmeister says a high school administrator called authorities after 3 p.m. Monday to say an armed student had burst into a classroom. Burmeister says no injuries have been reported.

Choral teacher Bonita Weydt tells The Associated Press that school ended about 10 minutes later and the principal told her to leave the building immediately.

Burmeister says parents are being asked to go to the county courthouse.

Marinette is a little more than an hour north of Green Bay and sits on the border with Michigan's Upper Peninsula.


MARINETTE (WKOW) -- Emergency officials say an armed student is holding a classroom hostage at Marinette High School.

A high school administrator called the Marinette County Communications/Dispatch Center around 3:45 p.m. about the danger.

Police are on scene.  No injuries have been reported.

Stay with 27 News and wkow.com for the latest on this developing story.

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