Authorities say one person has died and four people are in critical condition after being stabbed in Somerset, Wisconsin late Saturday afternoon.
According to St. Croix County Sheriff Scott Knudson, deputies were first called to the Apple River north of the Sunrise Bridge around 3:45 p.m. to a report of “a number of people who had been stabbed.” “.
When deputies arrived they found five people who had been stabbed and discovered the suspect had already left the scene by the time they arrived.
People circulating in tubes were then evacuated and deputies began rescue measures.
Knudson says a total of four people were taken to regional hospital for their injuries, two of whom were airlifted to hospital. He added that all four – one woman and three men – would be in their twenties.
Sheriff Knudson says the fifth person, identified as a 17-year-old Minnesota boy, died in Lakeview.
“Chaotic, scary, I’m sure anyone who witnessed this will never forget it. So it was tragic. I feel really bad for the families,” Knudson said.
The suspect – identified by Knudson as a 52-year-old Minnesota man – was eventually found around 90 minutes after the stabbing and was arrested without incident. Knudson adds that the agencies were working from a photo taken by someone who was in the area at the time of the stabbing.
He is being held at St. Croix County Jail, and authorities say they hope formal charges will be filed sometime next week.
The names of those involved were not immediately provided by authorities.
“He walked and… pushed people. The first thing I saw was somebody hit the rock, you know, cut his stomach open, but he actually pulled out a knife and he cut four to five people, it was crazy,” said Kemany Coleman of Maple Grove.
Police are asking community members to avoid the area as they continue their investigation and collect evidence. Sheriff Knudson said at Saturday’s press conference that he expected crews to search the area for hours as they were still looking for the weapon used in the attack.
From this point on, the police say there is no longer a threat to the community.
The investigation is ongoing.
Saturday’s press conference can be viewed in its entirety in the video player below.
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