A second victim in a western Minnesota shooting has died. Family and friends tell us Christopher Panitzke, 28, died over the weekend. He was being treated for multiple gunshot wounds after a shooting in Granite Falls, Monday Sept. 2.
Police found Kara Monson, 26, dead from gunshot wounds and Panitzke critically injured. A person of interest, Andrew Joseph Dikken, is still at large.
Tiny Granite Falls, Minnesota, is the last place many who live there would expect their worst nightmare to come true: losing not one, but two, people, so loved too soon, to a gunman now on the loose.
"We're trying to cope, but it's hard. We just don't understand how you can go to bed one night and be killed. We want this guy caught. We want some answers. We want to know who he thought he was to have the power to ruin so many families," Cathy Zimmerli said.
Cathy Zimmerli's nephew was 28 year-old Chris Panitzke who was the second of two killed. He and Kara Monson were dating, but not long before both of their lives were taken.
Police say the person of interest, Andrew Dikken, is an ex-boyfriend of Monson.
"Our heart goes so much to Kara's family. I did meet her once and she was a beautiful, just beautiful girl, thoughtful and considerate. Her family is so close to our heart right now," Zimmerli said.
Zimmerli says moving forward will be the hardest part.
"I will miss him smile, his laugh, him bringing his daughter here. He was a hard worker and it was all for his daughter, his priority was his daughter, very sad," she said.
For now, it's about both families mourning their loss while trying to get some answers.
"We need closure. We need to know why he did this. We need him caught. He needs to pay for this. We need something, we need some answers. so does Kara's family," Zimmerli said.
We have made contact with the Granite Falls Police Department and Yellow Medicine County Authorities to get the latest on the search for their person of interest, Andrew Dikken.
Investigators found his pickup last Wednesday near Belleview, MN, but so far, no trace of him. He is considered armed and dangerous.
Stick with KSFY for the latest developments on this investigation as families involved search for closure.
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