- Associated Press - Saturday, October 10, 2015
Civil trial against Wisconsin gun shop enters final week

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The trial over a civil lawsuit brought by a pair of seriously wounded police officers against a Wisconsin gun shop that they say has sold hundreds of weapons used in crimes is nearing its conclusion.

The potentially precedent-setting case hinges on whether gun shop owners should be financially responsible for a crime committed with a weapon purchased at their store.

The issue recently surfaced in the presidential campaigns after Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton said she would push for a repeal of a George W. Bush-era gun law that Badger Guns’ defense lawyers say shields their client from liability claims.

Plaintiffs say the shop acted negligently by selling a firearm to a straw buyer in a transaction they should have known was illegal.

Here are key points from the proceedings, which will enter their final week Monday:

THE SHOOTING

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Wisconsin colleges have plans to deal with shooters

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin’s public universities and technical colleges have emergency plans that include how to respond to a campus shooting, officials with both systems say.

Each University of Wisconsin System campus has a so-called “all-hazards” plan that details how to handle crises including active shooters. The campuses share the plans with faculty and staff several ways including posting the plans online, presenting them during student orientations, text messages and campus-wide email alerts.

UW-La Crosse’s shooter plan, for example, is available through that university’s police department website. The plan recommends that if a shooter is outside a building people inside should hide on the floor in a darkened, locked room and call police while ignoring any voice commands from outside unless they’re clearly coming from police.

If the shooter is clearly in the same building and people can’t lock themselves in a room they should flee the structure if they can do so safely. If a shooter enters a person’s classroom, he or she should call police and keep the line open even if they can’t talk. They should try to negotiate with the shooter. Overpowering the shooter should be a last resort, according to the plan.

UW-Stevens Point has a nearly identical plan. Officials at that school sent an email to faculty, staff and students on Oct. 6, five days after a gunman killed nine people at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, with links to the plan and urging people to people to review it and sign up for text alerts.

UW-Madison’s police department has a plan for an active shooter on its website as well. That plan says the best option is to run away and call police. If a person can’t flee, he or she should hide and fight only as a last resort. Marc Lovicott, a campus police spokesman, said the agency regularly conducts drills for dealing with a shooter with building occupants, distributes brochures with the shooter plan at student orientations and sends monthly bulletins to building managers covering emergency preparedness, including how to deal with a shooting.

Each state technical college has an all-hazards plan that deals with shooters as well, said Conor Smyth, a spokesman for the Wisconsin Technical College System. Leaders at each college share the plan via the Internet and email, he said. They also present the plans during new staff orientations and in-service sessions. The plans are usually available on campus telephones as well, he said.

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Authorities recover vehicles used by man wanted in homicide

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) - Law enforcement officers have recovered three vehicles believed driven by a man wanted for a suspected homicide in Kenosha County. But the suspect remains at large.

In a news release early Saturday, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department said authorities recovered a 1988 black Mustang, a 2015 white Ford transit van and a 2001 white Ford F-350 pickup truck. Authorities did not say where they found the vehicles.

Authorities believe the suspect used the vehicles during chases with Kenosha and Racine county sheriff’s deputies. The search for the 33-year-old man continues.

The man is a suspect in the September death of 37-year-old Tywon Anderson, of Kenosha.

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Authorities: Scared woman, 78, accidentally shoots herself

TOWN OF BURLINGTON, Wis. (AP) - Authorities in southeastern Wisconsin say a 78-year-old woman who was scared accidentally shot herself after dropping her handgun.

The Racine County Communications Center got a 911 call Friday from a woman in the Town of Burlington who said her mother was shot in the stomach.

Deputies arrived and found the mother was scared and had armed herself with a handgun. While the woman was walking in her house, she dropped the gun, which discharged and struck her in the abdomen.

The woman was taken to a Milwaukee hospital.


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