Massacre in the Woods

Why did a man open fire on a group of hunters? He says it was about race, but a survivor disagrees

Every November, Wisconsin ceases to be a red state or a blue state and instead becomes a blaze orange one. That is the color donned by hunters, 650,000 of whom bought licenses to participate in the state's rifle-deer-hunting season, which begins the Saturday before Thanksgiving. As much as that holiday and Christmas, the nine-day season is a time when families and friends gather. In the woods, men, women and children all join in, and a child's first excursion is often viewed as a rite nearly as solemn as First Communion. But this year the joy was interrupted almost as soon as...

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