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One Wis. Shooting Victim Hit Four Times

March 16, 2005

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) _ The gunman who shot fellow church members at a weekend service fired four bullets into the man who was the oldest to be killed, partial autopsy results show.

Authorities say Terry Ratzmann, 44, fired 22 bullets within a minute Saturday at the Living Church of God’s service at the Sheraton hotel in Brookfield, killing seven people and wounding four. He then shot himself in the head.

Records released Tuesday by the Waukesha County Medical Examiner’s Office show that Harold Diekmeier, 74, of Delafield, was shot more than any of the other six victims, although two others also suffered multiple wounds. The others who died ranged in age from 15 to 58.

Diekmeier’s son, Glen, who was delivering a brief sermon when Ratzmann opened fire, was not shot. Three people were still hospitalized Tuesday but were all expected to recover.

An investigative report should be completed later this week.

Brookfield police are in the ``plodding, methodical, investigative mode″ where they compile reports on thousands of computer files, interviews on witnesses and other materials, Assistant Chief Dean Collins said Tuesday.

It remained unclear what prompted the shootings. Investigators said they had virtually ruled out as a motive the impending loss of Ratzmann’s contracted job as a computer technician and were focusing on his connection to the church.

Police have said they think he may have targeted the family of his pastor, Randy L. Gregory, 51, of Gurnee, Ill., and shot the others at random. The pastor and his 16-year-old son were killed, and his wife was critically wounded.


Associated Press writers Xiao Zhang and Ryan Nakashima contributed to this report from Milwaukee.

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