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Police: Teen has admitted fatally shooting couple

Posted at 12:11 PM, Apr 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-15 13:11:53-04

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A 17-year-old told investigators that he fatally shot an elderly couple and was planning to cause harm at his high school in eastern Wisconsin, police said Monday.

Police officers responding to a 911 call for assistance found the bodies of the man and woman at their home in Grand Chute about 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Officer Travis Waas said. He declined to release details of the call.

Waas said police arrested Alexander M. Krause, who lives in nearby Neenah, at the couple's home. Krause admitted that he shot the two, whom he knew, and also said he had made a plan to cause harm at Neenah High School where he was a junior, Waas said. Police and school officials declined to disclose the nature of those plans.

Krause was being held in the Outagamie County Jail and has not yet been charged. Police said in a news release that he could be charged as an adult with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide.

Police have not identified the couple or their relationship to Krause. Waas said a long gun, believed to have been used in the crime, was recovered at the home. No information has been provided on why Krause shot the couple.

Investigators learned about the school plan in talking with Krause and recovered documentation relating to it, Waas said. The school district released a statement Monday saying police determined there was no danger to students and staff at the high school and that the school day would proceed as normal. Additional counselors were available to students and there was an extra police presence at the high school, the district said.