Man Shot in Rhinelander Remains Critical

Aug 13, 2013

The victim in a Monday night shooting in Rhinelander remains in critical condition.  

Rhinelander Police Captain Ron Lueneburg gave a press briefing on Monday night's shooting incident.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The 49-year-old male received a single gunshot wound in the abdomen.  Police responded to the incident at a residence on Mason Street at 7:45 pm.  The wounded man was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander, and was later airlifted to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. 

Following the incident Oneida County Sheriff officials stopped the suspected gunman in a vehicle driving north on highway 17.  The 23-year-old is being held at Oneida County jail.  Police believe him to be the victim’s nephew. 

Rhinelander Police Captain Ron Lueneburg says there were two other adults in the residence at the time of the shooting.  But he says police are not searching for any additional suspects. 

“The chief and the department want to assure everyone that this incident appears isolated.  We don’t consider that there’s any threat to the community or anything like that – we want to assure the citizens that they are safe.”

Lueneburg notes the incident is unusual for the area.  No formal charges have been filed with the district attorney’s office, but police say those are likely to come within the next few days.  Police will release the name of the victim pending notification of family members.