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Mitch McConnell and Gretchen Whitmer were found on a ‘hit list’ in the car of a gunman who shot and killed a retired Wisconsin judge.

Senate Minority Leader, Michigan Governor and Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers were on the note left by the 56-year-old gunman who shot and killed 68-year-old John Roemer.

The suspect has been named as career criminal Douglas K. Uhde.

Uhde has an extensive criminal record and a criminal record spanning at least two decades, including a case in which he was sentenced by Roemer to six years in prison for possession of a gun. He was released from his final prison term in April 2020.

Records show that Judge Roemer was on the bench when the suspect was convicted of armed burglary in 2005.

In March 2006, Uhde escaped from the minimum security Fox Lake Correctional Institute in Wisconsin and was arrested a month later.

After his arrests, Uhde was held in the maximum security Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage, Wisconsin. The same prison where serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was beaten to death by inmates in 1994.

Uhde’s last known address was in Friendship, Wisconsin, about 30 miles east of Roemer’s New Lisbon home.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, Uhde’s status is listed as “Active Community Surveillance.”

This March 17, 2020 photo provided by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections shows Douglas K. Uhde, who is suspected of the death of retired Juneau, Wis., County Judge John Roemer

Police made the surprising discovery after being called to the lawmaker’s house around 6:30 p.m. yesterday after reports of gunfire.

Officers stormed the house around 10:15 a.m., where they found Uhde in critical condition after shooting himself and Roemer with a zip to a chair and dead.

Mitch McConnell

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer

Mitch McConnell and Gretchen Whitmer were reportedly on the hit list for a gunman, who was found in his car at the scene of the shooting. The gunman killed a former judge in Juneau County at his home Friday morning

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers was also reportedly on the hit list

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers was also reportedly on the hit list

Former Juneau County Judge John Roemer, 68, was zip-tied and shot dead at his home

Former Juneau County Judge John Roemer, 68, was zip-tied and shot dead at his home

“This appears to be targeted action,” Attorney General Josh Kaul said. The AG also said politicians have been notified of the hit list.

“Those who may have been other targets have been notified, but we are not aware of any active threat to individuals,” he said at a news conference.

“At this time, we are not aware of any evidence to indicate that there is an active danger to other individuals.

“If we become aware of a concrete threat, we will certainly inform people if we are aware of it.”

Roemer is seen in court before his retirement in 2017. He was murdered on Friday by a 56-year-old man

Roemer is seen in court before his retirement in 2017. He was murdered on Friday by a 56-year-old man

The case is being treated as a murder case and a domestic terrorist case and authorities are examining court files.

Police believe the gunman’s outrage is related to a lawsuit. Donna Voss, who lives next door, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel she was shocked.

“One of my neighbors called and said what’s going on, what’s going on. It was really surprising that something like this would happen here. I still can’t comprehend it.’

A SWAT team was seen at the judge's house.  Authorities arrived at the scene around 6:30 am and were unable to break into the house until 10:15 am as the gunman was inside the house

A SWAT team was seen at the judge’s house. Authorities arrived at the scene around 6:30 am and were unable to break into the house until 10:15 am as the gunman was inside the house

A large police presence and a SWAT team were on the scene Friday.  When they entered, they found the gunman in the basement with a reported self-inflicted gunshot wound.  The shooter has been taken to a medical facility in critical condition

A large police presence and a SWAT team were on the scene Friday. When they entered, they found the gunman in the basement with a reported self-inflicted gunshot wound. The shooter has been taken to a medical facility in critical condition

Attorney General Josh Kaul said Friday that a 68-year-old man had died and a second person was found in the home with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.  The second person is in critical condition in hospital

Attorney General Josh Kaul said Friday that a 68-year-old man had died and a second person was found in the home with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. The second person is in critical condition in hospital

She said she heard the police say to the person inside, “Come out with your hands up.” Voss added to Roemer, “He was such a nice guy. churchgoer. It’s terrible.’

Jackie, a former teacher who lives nearby, said she knew Roemer through two of his children, who were her students.

“He always walks his dogs,” she said. “He’s friendly, a nice guy.”

Roemer served as a judge in Juneau County from 2004 to 2017. He had previously worked as an assistant district attorney for 12 years and worked as an assistant state attorney in Baraboo, Wisconsin.

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