Tomah man charged in shooting outside bar

posted Feb. 17, 2017 7:02 a.m. | updated Feb. 17, 2017 7:02 a.m. (CDT)
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by / Anne Jungen La Crosse Tribune

TOMAH —Prosecutors Thursday charged a Tomah man with shooting two men and firing at a squad car early Sunday in Tomah.

John Amundson, 55, told investigators he did not intend to harm anyone when he fired subsonic rounds from his apartment window about 2:30 a.m. to quiet a crowd mingling outside a bar, according to the complaint filed in Monroe County Circuit Court.

A Tomah officer found a 26-year-old man bleeding from his face and a 23-year-old man bleeding from his back outside Dimensions Bar on Superior Avenue in Tomah. Both were treated at Tomah Memorial Hospital, where doctors recovered a .22-caliber bullet from the younger victim.

One round struck the officer’s squad car while he was speaking with the victims, according to the complaint.

Police found eight rifles, four pistols and thousands of rounds of ammunition, including .22-caliber ammunition that matched the bullet removed from the victim, during a search of Amundson’s apartment on Monday.

Prosecutors charged Amundson with three counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, two counts of injury by negligent use of a dangerous weapon, intentionally pointing a firearm at police, criminal damage to property and possession of THC and drug paraphernalia.

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