Victim of shooting at the Twisted Moose remembered as kind, compassionate young man

Anthony Fimple's family encouraging community to "tell their families how much you care for them, and to always be kind"

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)– The victim of a downtown La Crosse bar shooting is being identified as Anthony Fimple, 19. Fimple died after a Spring Grove man allegedly shot him inside the Twisted Moose, also known as the La Crosse Bierhaus, early Saturday morning.

Fimple was a door host at the Twisted Moose, a job he’s held since he was 18, according to his dad.

“Anthony was a kind and compassionate young man, to say we are devastated by his passing doesn’t seem like enough,” said Gus Fimple, his father, in a statement.

Anthony Fimple regularly donated blood at the American Red Cross and would help neighbors with things around the house, according to his family. He worked summers on the Mayor’s Crew for WisCorps.

He was also about to leave home for the U.S. Navy, following in his father’s footsteps. He was enrolled in delayed entry and was set to ship out for boot camp on August 26.

The family is offering their sincere thanks to first responders and the entire medical team at Gundersen Health System.

“It was clear almost from the beginning of this ordeal that Anthony would not survive his injuries, but the professionalism and dedication of the entire GHS staff ensured that Anthony will continue to have an impact on the lives of others as an organ donor,” Gus Fimple said.
Anthony Fimple

Anthony Fimple. Courtesy of the Fimple family.

The family is also thanking the La Crosse Police Department for its clear communication and quick action during the ordeal. They posted an officer with Anthony until the very end.

“Anthony was one of the good ones, he was the best of us. Please encourage your audience to take a moment to tell their families how much you care for them, and to always be kind,” Gus Fimple said.

According to the La Crosse Police Department, officers responded to the scene on S. 3rd St. at 12:47 a.m. to find one victim had been shot. He was the only victim at the scene.

Fimple was transported to a local hospital where he was on life support Saturday.

The alleged shooter, Timothy N. Young, 31 of Spring Grove, Minnesota, initially fled the scene but was apprehended a short time later. He was arrested and charged with 1st Degree Intentional Homicide. He is being held without bond.

A GoFundMe set up for the family to cover expenses of the funeral has raised more than $10,000 as of 1:45 p.m. Sunday. Gus Fimple said they had learned of the fundraiser and are thankful for the support.

Anthony Fimple

Anthony Fimple with his father, Gus. Courtesy of the Fimple family.

La Crosse Bierhaus said it would be closed for the rest of the weekend because of the shooting

This is an active investigation. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the La Crosse Police Department at 608-782-7575. Tips can anonymously be provided to the La Crosse Area Crime Stoppers at 608-7849 TIPS (8477) or online at www.lacrossecrimestoppers.com. You can also download the Crime Stoppers App “P3” to submit a tip via your phone.

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