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Man Who Killed Wisconsin Judge Also Had Mitch McConnell And Gov. Gretchen Whitmer In Hit List



Judge John Roemer and Mitch McConnell

A suspect who reportedly shot and killed a retired Wisconsin judge Friday in a targeted act had a hit list that included U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, police said, according to ABC News.

On Friday morning, the Juneau County Special Tactics and Response Team responded to a home in New Lisbon, Wisconsin, after a 911 caller reported there was an armed person in the residence who had fired two shots, the news outlet reported, citing Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul.

Upon arrival, the SWAT team attempted to negotiate with the alleged shooter. Minutes later they entered the home. Inside, they found the homeowner, retired Juneau County Judge John Roemer, 68, zip-tied to a chair and fatally shot. They also found a 56-year-old man in the basement suffering from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. A firearm was recovered at the scene, Kaul said.

The suspect, who has not been identified, was transported to a nearby hospital in critical condition, Kaul said.

“This does appear to be a targeted act,” Kaul told reporters Friday. “The individual who is the suspect appears to have had other targets as well. It appears to be related to the judicial system.”

Investigators are also working to determine any link between this incident and others, Kaul said.

A hit list with over a dozen names found inside the suspect’s car at the scene included judge Roemer, Sen. Mitch McConnell’s and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s, as well as Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’, a source told ABC News.

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