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Neighbors React To Apparent Clear Lake Shooting, Suicide

June 17, 2013, 5:56 PM by Brady Mallory

Neighbors React To Apparent Clear Lake Shooting, Suicide

Looking past the yellow police tape and bullet hole in the window, Julie Weberg remembers happier times at a Clear Lake, South Dakota, house, which was the scene of a double shooting and apparent suicide Sunday night.

"They just seemed to be a normal, Leave It to Beaver Couple," Weberg said.  "I would watch them sit out in the front yard while the child played in the front yard," Weberg said.

Weberg works just across the street as Assistant Manager at America's Best Value Inn. 

Though at this point officials have only named Brett Pommer as the suspected shooter, Weberg believes he lived here with a woman and toddler.  Authorities were called to the home on the corner of 10th Street and 3rd Avenue at about 9 p.m. on Sunday for a reported double shooting.  Two people were flown to a hospital for medical care while the alleged shooter, Pommer, barricaded himself inside the home.  South Dakota Highway Patrol SWAT and Codington County SWAT Teams attempted to negotiate with Pommer, but no contact was made.  When the SWAT teams entered the residence, they found Pommer dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  Weberg said multiple squad cars were at the scene throughout the night.

"The first thing I thought, must be a drug bust," Weberg said.

Kevin Tesch does not live in that area of town, but rushed right over.

"We seen the cops by my place.  We were wondering what was going on.  We came down and they were evacuating the people out," Tesch said.

Tesch's mom not only lives a few houses down the street, but she was also babysitting his two young children.

"Pretty scary when it's so close to your family and everything.  It just makes you stop and think about things, you know," Tesch said.

As of Monday evening, authorities still had not released the names of the victims or their conditions.  Though many are still waiting for answers about what happened, the whole situation has left a lasting impression.

"I really feel sick to my stomach.  I just have a pit, thinking about how anybody could do that," Weberg said.

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