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DA: Mauston shooting victims apparently targeted


MAUSTON, Wis. (AP) -- Juneau County's district attorney says the man charged with shooting two women outside a Mauston bar apparently targeted the victims.

DA Michael Solovey says several other people were standing outside P.J.'s Bar and Grill with the two women when the defendant, Cody Treul, shot the victims last Friday. Twenty-nine-year-old Gail Howland was pronounced dead at a Mauston hospital. Twenty-three-year-old Ebony Lasher is hospitalized in Madison.

Solovey says he's not yet aware of a motive for the shooting. Treul was arrested in Mauston shortly after the shooting.

Treul is charged with first-degree intentional homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide and recklessly endangering safety. Treul's attorney did not immediately return a call seeking comment.


MAUSTON (WXOW) - A 29-year-old man was jailed on $2 million bond Monday after being charged in the shooting death of a woman behind a Mauston bar.

Cody J. Treul of Mauston was charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, according to online Juneau County Circuit Court records.

According to a joint press release from the Juneau County Sheriff's Department and the Mauston Police Department, two women were shot behind P.J.s Bar and Grill in Mauston just after midnight on Friday. Investigators said one woman was killed and the other was injured. No other details were immediately released.

A detective for the sheriff's department did not immediately return a telephone message Monday.

Treul is to make his initial court appearance June 19.


MAUSTON (WKOW) -- Authorities say a woman was shot and killed, and another woman wounded in Mauston just past midnight Friday morning, with a suspect arrested a short time after the gun fire outside a bar.

Officials decline to release the identity of the victims. But Mauston Police Chief Mark Messer says the wounded victim was taken by MedFlight helicopter to UW Hospital, where Messer says she is in stable condition.

Messer says the women were shot outside P.J.'s Bar and Grill in the 300 block of State Street. The downtown location remains cordoned off with police tape and patrolled by officers.

Audrey Hill of Mauston is the fatal victim's cousin. She says she also knows the suspect. Hill says she was unaware of any rift between her cousin and the man. Hill says family members are trying to cope with her cousin's violent death. Hill says the victim has two young children.

Several sources with knowledge of the investigation say the suspect has served an Air Force reservist.


MAUSTON (WKOW) -- Two women were shot overnight in Mauston. Police say one of the women is dead.

The Mauston Police Department and Juneau County Sheriff's Office say dispatchers got several calls about a shooting just after midnight Friday. Law enforcement responded to the 300 block of West State Street in Mauston, behind P.J.'s Bar and Grill.

Investigators say there were two female victims. One was pronounced dead at the scene by the Juneau County Coroner.

Mauston police say the second victim is hospitalized with life threatening injuries.

Law enforcement took a male subject into custody and say the public is not in danger at this time. The names of the victims won't be released until family is notified.

The shooting is being investigated by the Mauston Police Department, the Juneau County Sheriff's Office, State Division of Criminal Investigation and State Crime Lab. The Wisconsin State Patrol and Elroy and New Lisbon police departments assisted with the arrest of the man.

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