Survivor of Wisconsin Shooting Having Surgery

DATELINE (AP) -- The lone survivor of the Wisconsin shooting rampage that left six young people dead is scheduled for surgery today.

Charlie Neitzel is still listed in serious condition, with gunshot wounds to his upper arm, shoulder and leg. But his family says he's recovering.

Neitzel's mother says her 21-year-old son remained conscious during the incident. She says her son tried to stop the gunman, Tyler Peterson, but then dove into a corner, pretending to be dead after he was shot.

A friend of Peterson tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the 20-year-old sheriff's deputy came to his door about five hours after the rampage and calmly told him about the incident. He describes Peterson as "very remorseful."

A local prosecutor says he spoke to the gunman by phone, but was unable to persuade him to turn himself in. Peterson was killed shortly afterward, following what authorities describe as an exchange of gunfire with law enforcement officers.

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