WAUSAU - The man accused of shooting multiple people at a Wausau cemetery on October 3rd made his initial appearance at the Marathon County Courthouse Friday.
One person was killed in the shooting, and two others were injured.
Henry West faces 17 charges, including one count of first degree homicide, 11 counts of attempted homicide, and arson.
West was apprehended minutes after the shootings on the morning of October 3rd at the Pine Grove Cemetery.
He had been fired from his job there back in 2012.
Upon searching West's apartment, police found several homemade explosives and identified a natural gas leak from a ripped out supply line.
Police said if the gas were to have ignited, it would have created a large explosion, possibly putting hundreds of lives at risk.
"I think there was potential for this incident to be much worse," said Wausau PD Captain Ben Graham. "It's a tragedy, don't get me wrong. But certainly there were other lives at stake had the circumstances been a little different."
West had been evicted from his apartment and instructed to leave that day.
Each of the shooting victims either worked at the cemetery or were related to someone there.
West's bail is set at $10 million.
A pre-trial date is scheduled for November 21st.
If convicted, West faces life in prison.