Appleton Police identify shooter in “tragic domestic violence incident”


APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) – Appleton Police have identified a man who shot his brother before taking his own life Saturday night.

Police say the shooter was Danny Ortega, 21, Appleton. Officers are waiting for results of an autopsy completed Monday morning.

The police department calls it a “tragic domestic violence incident.”

Officials say a lengthy verbal argument between Ortega and his brother led to the 21-year-old shooting his 24-year-old brother in the leg. The two lived together at a home in the 800 block of N. Oneida Street.

Ortega’s brother fled the home after being shot. Police say Ortega then shot himself with the same weapon. The self-inflicted gunshot was witnessed by a family member.

Ortega was pronounced dead at the hospital. His brother was treated but has since been released from the hospital.

The Appleton Police Department wants to remind the community that anyone in need of mental health resources can contact the Crisis Hotline at 920-832-4646 or NAMI Fox Valley at 920-954-1550.

Those dealing with domestic violence can contact Harbor House Domestic Abuse for help. They can be reached at 920-832-1666.

This investigation is still ongoing.