Police: Teen confesses to fatally shoot elderly couple he knew

In this undated photo booking by the Outagamie County, Wisconsin, sheriff’s office, shows the 17-year-old Alexander M. Kraus, who the police say admitted that he fatally shot an elderly couple he knew in the east from Wisconsin and that he was planning to cause harm at his high school. Grand Chute police told the Associated Press on Monday that the police respond to a 911 call found the bodies in a Grand Chute home Sunday morning. The police said Alexander M. Kraus, of Neenah, was arrested at the house. Kraus was imprisoned on the possible first-degree intentional homicide charges. (Outagamie County Sheriff via AP)

MILWAUKEE – A 17-year-old told investigators that he fatally shot an elderly couple and was planning to cause harm at his high school in eastern Wisconsin, police said Monday.

Police responding to a 911 call for help found the bodies of the man and the woman in their home in Grand Chute about 11:30 pm Sunday, Director Travis Waas said. He declined to release details of the call.

Waas said the police arrested Alexander M. Kraus, who lives in nearby Neenah, at the couple’s home. Kraus has admitted that he shot the two, he knew, Waas said.

Kraus was held in the Outagamie County Jail and has not yet been charged. The police said in a news release that he could be charged as an adult with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide.

The police has not established that the couple and their relationship to Kraus. Waas said a long gun, believed to have been used in the crime, was found in the house. No information is provided about the reason why Kraus shot of the couple.

Kraus also told investigators about his plan to cause harm to Neenah High School, where he was a junior, Waas said. He said that investigators recovered documentation in connection with that plan, but declined to comment on the nature of the plan, or the severity of the threat.

The school district released a statement Monday said the police determined that there was no threat to students and staff of the school and that the school day would go as normal. Extra counselors were available for students, and there was an extra police presence at the high school, the district said.


This story is corrected to the teenager arrested name is Alexander M. Kraus, not Krause.

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