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17-year-old killed, 4 hurt in stabbings on Wisconsin river

SOMERSET, Wis. (AP) A Minnesota teenager died and four other folks were critically wounded after being stabbed while tubing down a Wisconsin river, authorities said.

St. Croix County Sheriff Scott Knudson the victims and suspect, a 52-year-old Minnesota man, were all on the Apple River once the attack happened Saturday afternoon. Knudson said investigators were attempting to determine what resulted in the stabbings and if the victims and suspect knew one another. These were tubing with two different groups that included about 20 people.

We dont know yet who was simply linked to who, who knew one another or what precipitated it, Knudson said.

The knife attack happened on a difficult-to-access portion of the river close to the town of Somerset, Wisconsin, that is about 35 miles (56 kilometers) east of Minneapolis. The suspect was arrested about one hour . 5 later whilst getting off the river downstream.

Thank heavens a witness had taken an image of him, Knudson told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Another witness located him at the exit of the tubing area, where he was taken into custody.

A 17-year-old boy from Minnesota died. Two of another victims were flown to a hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota, and two others were taken there by ambulance. All surviving victims a female and three men all thought to be within their 20s were in critical condition.

The names of the victims and the suspect weren’t immediately released, but St. Croix County jail records show a 52-year-old man had been held without bond on suspicion of first-degree homicide, four counts of aggravated battery and four counts of mayhem.

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