UPDATE Friday, April 29:
The City of Antigo Police Department is happy to advise that shooting victim Collin Cooper, 18, is being released from Aspirus Wausau Hospital later today, April 29. Collin will be recuperating under the care of his family at his residence. His family is eager to bring their son home, and they are respectfully requesting privacy as they attempt to resume some sort of normalcy in their lives.
The Department wishes Collin a speedy recovery and extends its best wishes to the family during this difficult time.
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The Antigo Police Department released the following statement from the parents of shooting victim. The parents have requested they do not want his name or their names made public at this time.
"On behalf of the family, we would like to give the following statement. (The victim) is doing well. He has come through a long surgery and will recover with time and effort, but we have always believed that God is good and has a plan even in the midst of tragedy. We are so thankful for his girlfriend and two friends on the scene who acted so bravely and calm. We would also like to thank the police officers who responded so quickly, the medical staff, doctors and the surgeons that have already gone above and beyond to help our son, and all the law enforcement from many counties who have dedicated themselves to investigating this shooting. We would like to especially thank the officers who saved the lives of our son, his girlfriend, their two friends, and the countless amount of students, staff and others in and around the school. Lastly, we cannot express enough thanks for our family, friends, fellow employees, church, employers, school administration and those in the community who continue to shown and communicate their kindness and love to our son and family. Please continue to pray for (the victim), his girlfriend, two friends, fellow classmates and everyone else involved as they recover from this traumatic night. Please also pray for the family of Jakob Wagner. As much as we are struggling through this event, we cannot imagine the grief they are experiencing at this time. We want everyone to know that we believe and trust in the eternal God. We are so thankful for the hope that we have in Him. That all can be forgiven of their sins and have eternal life when they believe in Jesus Christ as Savior."