HAYWARD, WI (The Northland's NewsCenter) -- The Sawyer County Sheriff's Department is Investigating a serious shooting they say happened early this morning at a bar 10 miles southeast of Hayward.
Deputies say two male teens were injured in the shooting --- one who was shot in the neck and hand. Family members of that teen say he remains in critical condition at St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth this evening.
In a mid-morning news release, Sawyer County Sheriff's Deputies reported the double-shooting happened at the Countryside Bar in the community of Northwoods Beach on The La Courte Oreilles Reservation.
At 5:30 a.m. deputies say they received a call from a female resident of the bar who reported a break-in at the bar and also said that shots had been fired and a young man was "lying on the ground groaning."
While investigating the shooting, Sawyer County Deputies along with members of the La Courte Oreilles Tribal Police say they found a male teen they say was shot in the neck and hand by the bar's owner.
Sawyer County Authorities also report a separate call at 5:40 a.m. by a woman who stated she believed her son had just been shot in a gang related incident in the community of Drytown on the La Courte Oreilles Reservation.
After piecing together the facts -- Deputies determined both shootings were related, and say the two young men had broken into the bar trying to steal money and liquor.
Deputies report the second male teen was shot in the foot and the groin, but did not sustain non-life-threatening injuries.
The Northland's NewsCenter spoke with a relative of one of the shooting victims.
Neighbor Lisa Wade said break-ins at the Countryside Bar were all-too common. Wade said she has lived across the street from the bar for the last three years but was completely shocked this morning when "police were all over the place" and she discovered that one of her family members had been shot.
Wade said the victim who she called "her little cousin Chris" was a "good kid" who hadn't been in trouble but recently "fell in with the wrong crowd."
Wade also said that she felt the bar owner -- who she identified as Twin Lakes, WI resident Bill Campbell -- had the right to protect his property, but seriously questioned his use of deadly force.
"I'm not saying -- you know -- that he had the right to actually shoot them, but he does have the right to protect his property," Wade said.
Wade also added "I mean, he's been broken into so many times within the last few months... and I don't know what happened, what was going down... I don't know the whole story..."
Sawyer County Chief Deputy Brigette Kornbroke said she believes the bar owner shot both teens in self defense and did not indicate criminal charges would be filed against him.
However, Kornbroke did say that a number of charges are expected to be filed aginst the teens, and that the investigation continues.
By late Tuesday afternoon, two hand-written signs had been posted at the entrance to the Countryside Bar. One read "Closed Until Further Notice."
The second read "We will not be granting any media interviews. Don't Bother Asking."
A third commercially-designed sign posted at the doorway of the Countryside Bar bar read "Wild West Show Every Night --- Real Live Cowboys and Indians."
Written for the web by Matt Standal