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Mount Horeb Middle School shooter Damian Haglund brought pellet rifle to school

Damian tried to “break through a window to the cafeteria during the eighth grade lunch time,” which was around 11:15 a.m., by “using the butt of a long gun.”



On Wednesday, Damian Haglund, a 14-year-old student from Mount Horeb, was fatally shot by police after allegedly pointing a Ruger .177 caliber pellet rifle at officers, as stated by the state Department of Justice on Saturday.

The department reported that despite officers’ commands to drop the weapon, the boy failed to comply and was shot when he aimed the weapon at them.

Despite attempts at lifesaving measures, the individual succumbed to their injuries at the scene, with no additional injuries reported.

Before the shooting, the gunman reportedly shared cryptic messages on Snapchat.

These posts, as outlined by Chappell, featured phrases such as “Break free from the chains of slavery, cheers to the blood” in Finnish, and “My dad is a war criminal” in Bosnian, which corresponds to the title of a “Serbian war song.”

Following standard protocol, the Mount Horeb police officers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave.

At 11:11 a.m. on Wednesday, a call to the police reported an individual approaching Mount Horeb Middle School with a backpack and what appeared to be a long gun.

Law enforcement located the teenager, who matched the description, east of the school’s main entrance at 900 E. Garfield St., according to the department.

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul stated during a news conference on the day of the shooting that the individual was fatally shot before gaining access to the school.