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Four dead in Wheatland, Wyoming shooting, motive unclear



WHEATLAND -- A Wheatland man shot and killed his three children and his brother, and shot and injured his wife Thursday evening.

Platte County law enforcement got the initial call of shots fired at 5:45 p.m. Thursday.

Wheatland Police officers and Platte County Sheriff's deputies responded to the 700 block of Oak Street, where they became involved in a brief standoff with Everett Conant III, who was born in 1975. His exact age was not available from police this morning.

Conant surrendered without incident and is in custody.

At a news conference this morning, Wheatland Police Chief Randy Chesser said Conant shot and killed his three juvenile sons; shot his brother, who later died at the Wheatland hospital; and shot his wife in the arm and foot.

Names and ages of all of the shooting victims were withheld by police pending notification of next of kin.

Conant's wife was taken to the Platte County Memorial Hospital in Wheatland and later moved to another facility. Chesser wouldn't say where she was taken when asked by media at the news conference.

A motive for the shooting was unclear, but is being investigated, Chesser said.

An initial court appearance for Conant is expected to be held this afternoon in Wheatland.


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Added: Jul-11-2011 Occurred On: Jul-10-2011
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Tags: Shooting, four, dead, motive, unclear
Location: Wheatland, Wyoming, United States (load item map)
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