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NATION IN BRIEF: Wis. gunman dies from self-inflicted gunshot wound

MARINETTE, Wis. — A 15-year-old student who held about two dozen students and a teacher hostage for several hours in a classroom at a Wisconsin high school died Tuesday at a hospital from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.

Sophomore Samuel Hengel shot himself after police stormed a classroom at Marinette High School on Monday night, said police chief Jeff Skorik. Hengel, of Porterfield, had been holding most of the students and their social studies teacher hostage for several hours. No one else was wounded.

The teenager allowed one of his hostages free a short time after he took over the classroom after the girl’s mother tried to call her daughter and couldn’t reach her, said Principal Corry Lambie. Five more of his hostages were let out after about six and a half hours, and finally the other students and their teacher Valerie Burd emerged unharmed.

Four dead in shooting at Mo. apartment

BONNE TERRE, Mo. — A gunman opened fire at an eastern Missouri apartment complex Tuesday, killing three people but leaving two children unharmed before turning the gun on himself, authorities said.

Bonne Terre Police Chief Doug Calvert said he found a woman and her boyfriend dead inside a duplex at Boulder Creek Apartments in Bonne Terre, about 45 miles southwest of St. Louis. He also found a small child who didn’t appear to be harmed.

Outside the duplex, Calvert found another woman shot in a sport utility vehicle. He said she appeared to have been trying to protect a second young child who was in the vehicle. The child was taken away to safety while the woman was rushed to a hospital, where she died, he said.

Missing boys’ father charged with kidnapping

MORENCI, Mich. — The father of three young brothers who have been missing since Thanksgiving was charged with their kidnapping on Tuesday, hours after police said it’s unlikely the boys will be found alive.

John Skelton, 39, was arrested by FBI agents after his release from a medical facility in Lucas County, Ohio, where he had been being treated since attempting to hang himself on Friday.

Skelton was charged in Lenawee County, Mich., across the state border, with three counts of parental kidnapping, Morenci Police Chief Larry Weeks said during a brief news conference.

Skelton was being held at the Lucas County jail and would be extradited back to Michigan, Weeks said.

Two dead in shooting outside funeral home

ST. LOUIS — Two people were killed and two others injured in gang-related shootings Tuesday outside a St. Louis funeral home while a service was being held inside, police said.

Authorities were searching for multiple suspected gunmen after the shootings around noon at Reliable Funeral Home, Police Capt. Mike Sack said.

Two men died at a hospital, a third was listed in critical condition, and a fourth suspected victim was believed to have been shot in the leg but hasn’t turned up at a hospital yet.

Cops: Grandma threw child to her death at mall

McLEAN, Va. — A Virginia grandmother threw her 21⁄2-year-old granddaughter several stories to her death from a walkway at a shopping mall after a family outing, police said Tuesday.

Carmela Dela Rosa, 50, of Fairfax was arrested and charged Tuesday with murder, said prosecutor Ian Rodway, the chief deputy Commonwealth’s attorney.

The child, Angelyn Ogdoc, died in a hospital after plunging to the pavement Monday night. She fell from a walkway linking the mall’s third floor to the parking garage’s sixth floor at Tysons Corner Center in Fairfax, a Washington suburb in Virginia.

More charges in foiled NYC subway plot

NEW YORK — Federal prosecutors have brought additional charges against the father of an al-Qaida associate who plotted to use homemade bombs for a suicide attack on New York’s subway system, according to an indictment made public Tuesday.

The updated indictment accuses Mohammed Wali Zazi of witness tampering and lying to the FBI in an alleged cover-up of the foiled scheme.