Thursday, July 15, 2021

Racine County gas station shooter identified


The Racine County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday identified the man who shot and killed a man at a Caledonia gas station and then shot an undercover deputy.

He is 32-year-old John R. McCarthy, of Hartland.

Authorities said he shot and killed a 22-year-old Anthony F. Griger, of Elkhorn, at the Pilot Travel Center in Caledonia. McCarthy also fired at another vehicle, not injuring anyone, Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling said.

McCarthy then drove to the Mobil in Franksville and approached an undercover Racine County deputy in an unmarked vehicle.

The gunman and the deputy opened fire. McCarthy was killed.

The deputy is in the hospital recovering from multiple gunshot wounds, which fractured several bones in the area of his pelvis, the sheriff's office said.

WISN 12 News cameras captured the scene Tuesday night as investigators searched McCarthy's Hartland home.

WISN 12 News learned that about an hour before the Tuesday morning shooting spree, fire alarms sent neighbors scrambling out of the building.

"We were trying to figure out what was going on, and he was the only person we couldn't account for in the building," Hartland resident, Jamie Hansen said.

They soon discovered the alarm in McCarthy's unit had been pulled, and he was gone, apparently in a hurry.

Neighbors said McCarthy had the locks changed on his apartment the day before, and one neighbor who asked not to be identified, said he saw McCarthy in his words, looking panicked as he left.

"He was really jittery, man," the neighbor said. "Running around like he was crazy. I was wondering what in the hell he was doing. And then all of a sudden, he got into the car and away he went."

WISN 12 News tried to reach out to McCarthy's parents, but they had a sign on their door saying they were not commenting at this time.

"I don't know what would have made him do that, but it's terrifying to think that there's people out there like that," Hansen said.


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