Two handguns, ammo found during suspicious incident at Appleton East School

Two Wausau-area suspects, ages 17 and 21, in jail
Posted at 9:34 PM, Apr 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-14 18:26:35-04

Two men from Wausau are behind bars on felony charges stemming from the discovery of weapons during an incident at Appleton East School Thursday.

According to the Appleton Police Department, a 16-year-old from Wausau is also being held in secure detention for his alleged involvement. 

Police say a school resource officer had contact with two individuals, a 17 and 21 year old, from in the hallway of the high school Thursday at the end of the school day who appeared not to be students.

Inconsistencies in their stories led school staff to check the parking lots of the school, where police say they discovered an occupied vehicle not registered to be at the school.

Based on statements provided at the scene, officers were called in to respond to the incident. A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of two handguns, one loaded, along with magazines filled with ammunition. 

Officers say they're trying to determine how the guns were obtained.

According to police, the suspects told investigators they had come from the Wausau area with the intent of seeking retaliation on a student attending the school. Police say there were no weapons brought in to Appleton East, and the population was not in immediate danger. 

The Appleton Area School District has contacted the families of students to inform them of the incident. There will be no classed at school Friday. 

Additional charges may be requested.