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Charges filed against alleged interstate shooter

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SAUK COUNTY (WKOW) -- The Sauk County District Attorney's Office filed charges Wednesday against Zachary Hays, the alleged interstate shooter.

Hays (20), of West Allis,is being charged with one count of first degree intentional homicide and three counts of first degree recklessly endangering safety, all felonies.  This was a result of the May 1st shooting on I90/94 near the Wisconsin Dells area.

The criminal complaint says Hays fatally shot 44-year-old Tracy Czaczkowski, of Buffalo Grove, IL, as she traveled with her husband and two children.  The complaint states Zachary Hays' 30-year-old brother, Jeremy, told detectives Zachary had smoked marijuana a few days earlier and had been paranoid ever since.

The complaint stated Jeremy said his brother was paranoid about cars with tinted windows, "freaking out about them."  The complaint states Jeremy Hays says, with a gun in his lap, Zachary Hays then shot at the Czaczkowski's vehicle.

The complaint also says Jeremy Hays told investigators he and his brother Jeff Hays were fearful of Zachary Hays as passengers, with Zachary Hays threatening to kill them, if they tried to leave him.

Hays faces life in prison if he's convicted.

Authorities say hours before the interstate shooting, Hays fatally shot a 42-year old man in West Allis.  Charges have yet to be filed in that case.

Authorities say sheriff's deputies shot and wounded Hays a short time after Czaczkowski's fatal shooting, when Hays emerged from his SUV with a gun and ignored police commands.  Hays remains at UW Hospital.


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