Family of Wisconsin Shooter Will Speak

CRANDON, Wis. (AP) -- The father of the sheriff's deputy who killed six young people in northern Wisconsin says the family is putting together a statement to the public.

Steve Peterson declined to talk about his son Tyler because, he said, nothing his family could say about him now would be believable to most people.

Said Steve Peterson: "It is very trying."

Tyler Peterson was shot to death after opening fire early yesterday on a group of students and recent graduates who had gathered for a party during their high school's homecoming weekend. Peterson was off-duty from his full-time job as a Forest County deputy sheriff. He also was a part-time police officer in Crandon, where the shootings took place.

Authorities say Peterson was killed yesterday afternoon, eight miles north of Crandon, but the circumstances of his death are not clear.

Also unclear was the gunman's motive, although the mayor of Crandon says it may have involved a love triangle.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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