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Police Confirm Identities of Downtown Shooting Victims

Posted: Updated: Sep 15, 2012 08:56 PM
Paul Petras, right, and his son Andrew (A.J.), left.  Courtesy: Facebook Paul Petras, right, and his son Andrew (A.J.), left. Courtesy: Facebook

LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)-- La Crosse Police continue to investigate a downtown shooting, and have confirmed the identities of the two homicide victims. According to the La Crosse Police Department, 56-year-old Paul Petras and his son, 19-year-old Andrew (A.J.) Petras were shot sometime after 2 PM Saturday, inside May's Photo. The elder Petras owns the shop and his son was an employee.

The La Crosse Police Department is asking anyone who attended the May's Photo classroom session that ended at 2 PM Saturday, to contact the department. They are also asking all members of the public in the area of 425 Main St. Saturday afternoon to report any suspicious persons or vehicles leaving the area in a hurry. The number to call is 608-789-5692.

Police say the entire 400 block of Main St. will remain closed until forensic analysis is completed Sunday afternoon or evening. The police department is working with the WI Division of Criminal Investigation, the La Crosse District Attorney's Office, the WI State Crime Lab, the Wisconsin State Patrol and the La Crosse County Medical Examiner's Office.


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)-- La Crosse Police continue to investigate a downtown homicide. Police have not released the names of the victims, but News 19 has learned the they are 56-year-old Paul Petras and his 19-year-old son, A.J. Petras. A.J. is a 2011 Aquinas High School graduate.

Meanwhile, the 400 block of Main St. remains closed to traffic and pedestrians this morning, as police continue to investigate a homicide at May's Photo.

In addition to the La Crosse Police Department, the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation and the State Crime Lab are on the scene.

Last night, Captain Robert Lawrence of the La Crosse Police Department said police are investigating a homicide, but could not confirm the number of people killed or the manner of their death.

"What we're asking the public is if anyone was in the area of 400 Main street slightly before, slightly after 2 PM [Saturday], if you saw anything," Lawrence said. "If you saw a suspicious person, a suspicious vehicle fleeing the area. Please call the la Crosse police department. We would like to get as much information as quickly as we can. We have no idea what appreciated this crime, if it was a crime of a robbery, we don't know if drugs were involved, we're just trying to wrap our hands around what took place today and start the investigation. People should always be cautious people should always be aware of their surroundings."

You can call 608-789-7200 with information. All calls will be anonymous .


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- La Crosse Police have confirmed they are investigating a homicide that occurred at a business at 425 Main St. downtown. 

Captain Robert Lawrence said he cannot confirm the number of people dead -- or the manner of the killings that occurred at Mays Photo. 

He said the shooting could have possibly been the result of a robbery. 

But the department said any suspect(s) in the crime are still at large. 

Lawrence said he believes the homicide(s) occurred at roughly 2 p.m. 

But the victim -- or victims -- were not discovered until shortly after 5 p.m. Officers and investigators were seen coming and going into Mays Photo throughout the evening.

The State Crime Lab and State Department of Criminal Investigations are helping with the investigation.  Police are expected to be at the scene most of the night.

Captain Lawrence asks that anyone who may have been in the vicinity of the store around 2pm to please contact La Crosse Police as they try to piece together what happened.  Potential witnesses can call 608-784-8477 or 608-789-7200.

Stay with wxow.com for updates on this story. 


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- La Crosse Dispatchers confirmed reports of a possible shooting in downtown La Crosse. 

Police have surrounded May's Community Camera on Main St. 

Police arrived on the scene shortly after 5:30 p.m. Witnesses reported seeing them enter the building with guns drawn.

As of 7 p.m. the area of Main St. between 4th and 5th Streets was closed to traffic. 

Police have not yet spoken to the media. 

Stay with wxow.com for updates on this story. 

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