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Mineral Point (WKOW) -- from Iowa County Sheriff's Dept.:  Thursday night, Iowa County Deputies, Mineral Point Police, and Mineral Point EMS responded to 306 Pleasant View Road in the town of Mineral Point after reports that an individual had been shot.

  Statements from the victim indicated he had been shot by Charles "Chuck" Witzel, Jr.

  This victim reported there was a second victim still inside the home, who had also been shot.

  Further information indicated Witzel had stolen a 1993 green Jeep Grand Cherokee and he was headed eastbound toward Dane County.

  One person was killed and another critically injured in the shooting near Mineral Point.

  The identities of the victims have not been released yet.

  Police believe that one or both victims in this shooting were residents at the address near Rock Branch Road and Pleasant View Road. 

  The victim that was wounded is being treated at Upland Hills Health.

  Police also issued an "Attempt to Locate" that was broadcast to surrounding area police agencies in order to track down Witzel.

  At 1:50am, Iowa County Sheriff's Office dispatch center received a 911 call from the Super Wal-Mart in Dodgeville.

  The caller stated he was Witzel and wished to turn himself into the police.

  Officers responded to Super Wal-Mart and arrested Witzel without incident.

  The investigation is continuing on the Iowa County shootings.

UPDATE (11/07 11:40am):  27 News has obtained the warrant for Charles Witzel's arrest.

  In the document, Witzel is charged with First Degree Intentional Homicide while Armed and Attempted First Degree Intentional Homicide while Armed.

  Both charges are in connection to the murder of Craig Severson and attempted murder of Lisa Morgan at the Cross Plains shooting.

  The warrant says that Witzel obtained the gun used in the shootings at a gun show in Wisconsin Dells a few weeks prior to the shootings.

  The Dane County Sheriff says that Witzel shot Severson because of Severson's affair with Witzel's long-term girlfriend.

  Witzel's girlfriend did report to police that she had received several threatening text messages from Witzel prior to the murders.

  The arrest warrant listed some of the text messages Witzel's girlfriend received:

  • The look on u n Craig's face is gona b priceless!
  • Gave u every guy wntd 2 say 2 one n u sneak n do it anyway a lot 2 say but won't b time when I c u again.  I hate u more thn words can say!
  • U are a sneaky cold hard lier.  U must think I'm stupid id never find out everyone will c when my felns hurt im capabl of anything.  I will succeed!

  Charles Witzel was transported to the custody of the Dane County Sheriff on Friday morning.

UPDATE (11/07 3:15pm, from Dane Co. Sheriff):  Homicide suspect Charles E. Witzel, Jr. is currently in the custody of the Dane County Sheriff's Office. 

  Witzel surrendered to authorities at approximately 1:55 am Friday morning at the Dodgeville Wal-Mart, located at 500 E. Leffer Street. 

  Since the afternoon of Friday, October 31st, the Dane County Sheriff's Office, the Cross Plains Police Department, and the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force, have been diligently searching for Witzel, who is believed to be responsible for fatally shooting 45-year-old Craig Severson of Cross Plains. 

  Lisa Morgan, age 27, was also shot and wounded in the Cross Plains incident. 

  Morgan remains hospitalized and is expected to recover from her injuries. 

  At approximately 11:27 pm on Thursday, November 6th, Iowa County dispatch received a call from a residence on the 4700 block of Rock Branch Road in Mineral Point. 

  An off-duty Mineral Point Police Officer, reported a shooting at his neighbor's residence. 

  When law enforcement arrived, they found 32-year-old Casey Finley had been shot. 

  Casey was transported by Med Flight to UW Hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. 

  His brother, Craig Finley, age 37, was also shot and was pronounced dead at the scene.

  Before being transported to the hospital, Casey Finley was able to identify Charles Witzel as the shooter. 

  It was later learned that Witzel fled the scene in a Jeep he stole from the Finley residence, prior to the arrival of Iowa County law enforcement.

  Deputies and Police Officers from Iowa, Dane, Lafayette, and Grant Counties were actively searching for Witzel. 

  At approximately 1:50 am, Witzel entered the east entrance of the Dodgeville Wal-Mart, approached the customer service desk, picked up the phone, and called the Iowa County Sheriff's Office. 

  Witzel told authorities he wanted to turn himself in. 

  He proceeded to lie down on the floor until deputies arrived and he was taken into custody without incident. 

  At approximately 2:01 am, authorities recovered the stolen Jeep on CTH Z, near Highway 151 in a cornfield. 

  It is believed that Witzel abandoned the Jeep and walked to the Wal-Mart store approximately one mile away. 

  The 1992 Toyota pick-up that Witzel had been previously traveling in has also been recovered. 

  It was located approximately ½ mile from the Iowa County shooting scene.

  Witzel will be held in the Dane County Jail to face the initial charges of 1st Degree Intentional Homicide While Armed and Attempted First Degree Intentional Homicide While Armed. 

  Additional charges are pending in Iowa County.

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