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UPDATE: Alleged Marinette County shooter frequented beach, accused now of rape

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(UPDATE Saturday)

NIAGARA, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin authorities say a man accused of gunning down three teens and injuring a fourth person is expected in court Monday or Tuesday.

Marinette County Chief deputy Jerry Sauve (SOH'-vee) says it's unclear whether charges will be filed against 38-year-old Scott J. Johnson before his first court appearance.

Johnson, from Iron Mountain, Mich., is accused of shooting the four as they swam in the Menominee River near the Wisconsin and Michigan border Thursday. Authorities don't know the motive.

A 24-year-old woman has alleged that Johnson sexually assaulted her at the same site the day before. Johnson hasn't been charged in the case. Authorities say they're not sure whether it's related.

A 17-year-old says a man accused of randomly killing three teens along the Menominee River regularly swam there.

Lenny Poquette tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he had planned to come to the swimming spot to meet his friend Bryan Mort the afternoon of the shootings -- Thursday -- but his boat was out of gas.

Mort and two other Michigan teens were shot to death; another teen was wounded.

The 38-year-old suspect Scott J. Johnson was arrested near the scene Friday morning, wearing camouflage and carrying a rifle.

Poquette says Johnson alway swam in the area alone and spoke very little.

He says he last saw Johnson at the spot about 10 days ago. He says he seemed cool but also thought he was -- quote -- "messed up."

Johnson is expected to make a court appearance early next week.

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NIAGARA, Wis. (AP) -- Marinette County sheriff's officials say they don't know why a Michigan man dressed in camouflage shot and killed three young people along the state border. 

Authorities arrested the 38-year-old Iron Mountain man this morning in the area where the victims were shot yesterday. 

Chief Deputy Jerry Sauve says Scott J. Johnson complied with officers' orders to throw down his assault rifle as they arrested him in a wooded area in the Town of Niagara. Sauve says Johnson was also carrying a knife. He has not been charged in the case. 

A team of more than 100 law enforcement officers from various agencies had searched through the night for the gunman. 

Seventeen-year-old Tiffany Pohlson, 18-year-old Anthony Spigarelli and 19-year-old Bryan Mort were killed. Twenty-year-old Daniel Louis Gordon was wounded. All were from Michigan. 

The four were with several other young people who went to the Menominee River to swim last evening. Survivors told investigators the camouflaged gunman came out of the woods and started shooting.

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