In a dramatic ending to a more than five-hour standoff, a 15-year-old Marinette High School student armed with two handguns shot himself Monday after police stormed a classroom where he held 23 students and a teacher hostage.
Five hostages were allowed to leave the classroom about 7:40 p.m. to use the restroom. Then shortly after 8 p.m., police stationed outside the classroom heard three shots and burst into the room to find the suspect at the head of the class, where he shot himself. The remaining students and the teacher then left the classroom safely, Marinette Police Chief Jeff Skorik said.
“The game plan all along was to have the hostage-taker leave the room without any injuries,” Skorik said. “It was only after the three gunshots that officers became concerned with the safety of students and breached the door.”
The suspect was taken to Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette. Skorik said his condition and the location of his wound were not available. Police have not been able to determine a motive, he said.
“The suspect fired one shot,” injuring himself, Skorik said.
“We have no idea as far as motivations at this point,” he said.