Student gunman who shot himself during five-hour school siege dies in hospital

An armed student who shot himself after holding hostages inside a high school classroom in Marinette, Wisconsin, today died in hospital.

Samuel Hengel, 15, turned his gun on himself as police stormed the classroom in Marinette High School during yesterday's stand-off.

Marinette Police Chief Jeffrey Skorik said today that Hengel died today from self-inflicted wounds.


Released: Students who were held hostage for five hours step off a bus that transported them to their waiting families after the stand-off ended

Negotiations had been going well with the teenage gunman but at 8.03pm last night officers heard three shots fired and rushed into the classroom.

Chief Skorik said the teenager was standing at the front of the room, and shot himself as the officers entered. The hostages were then evacuated.


Vigil: As the stand-off dragged on, parents and students waited in the parking lot of the school for any further developments

Chief Skorik says all students have been safely reunited with their families and counselling will be provided in the comming weeks.

The school will remain closed as investigations continue.

The gunman was being treated at the St Vincent Hospital in Green Bay after being transferred from the Bay Area Medical Center.

Marinette County emergency management director Eric Burmeister said a high school administrator called authorities after 3pm to say an armed student had burst into a classroom. 

Captive: An armed student has taken a teacher and 23 students hostage inside a classroom at Marinette High School

Captive: The armed student held a teacher and 23 students hostage for five hours inside a classroom at Marinette High School

Waiting: Police have blocked off the roads near the high school and say no shots have been fired and there are no reported injuries

Waiting: Police blocked off the roads near the high school and say no shots were reported throughout the incident


Marinette Police Chief Jeff Skorik kept parents and the media informed of all developments during the siege

Chief Skorik said hostage negotiators were immediately sent to the school and all contact had been conducted through the teacher in the classroom via telephone.

No threats or demands were made through the five-hour stand-off, nor had any motive been determined, Chief Skorik added.

Marinette County authorities, Green Bay police and the Green Bay SWAT team was at the scene.

Choral teacher Bonita Weydt told The Associated Press news agency that school ended about about 3.10pm and the principal told her to leave the building immediately.

Mr Burmeister said anxious parents were asked to go and wait at the county courthouse for further news on their children.

The suspect's parents had been notified and questioned about the incident.

Map of Wisconsin and Michigan

We are no longer accepting comments on this article.

Who is this week's top commenter? Find out now