GREEN BAY, Wis.—A gunman killed two individuals at a Wisconsin casino restaurant and significantly wounded a 3rd earlier than he was killed by police late Saturday, in what authorities mentioned gave the impression to be a focused assault.
Brown County Sheriff’s Lt. Kevin Pawlak mentioned investigators imagine the gunman was in search of a selected individual he was indignant at.
“He was targeting a specific victim who was not there, but he decided to still shoot some of the victim’s friends or co-workers, it appears,” Pawlak mentioned.
Neither the gunman nor the shooting victims had been instantly recognized.
Pawlak wasn’t positive if the shooter was a former worker of the restaurant, however mentioned “it appears there’s some relationship that had to do with employment.”
“Whether or not they all worked there, we’re still working on,” he mentioned.
The wounded individual was being handled at a Milwaukee hospital, Pawlak mentioned.
The assault occurred round 7:30 p.m. on the Oneida Casino, operated by the Oneida Nation on the western facet of Green Bay, with the on line casino tweeting that an energetic shooter was on the scene.
Jawad Yatim, a witness, mentioned he noticed at the least two individuals shot.
“I know for sure two, because it happened right next to us, literally right next to us,” Yatim mentioned. “But he was shooting pretty aggressively in the building, so I wouldn’t doubt him hitting other people.”
Yatim mentioned the taking pictures started in a on line casino restaurant.
“We got the hell out of there, thank God we’re OK, but obviously we wish the best for everybody who’s been shot,” he mentioned.
Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul wrote on Twitter shortly earlier than 10 p.m. that the scene was “contained. There is no longer a threat to the community.”
Webster mentioned the on line casino is linked to a big resort and convention heart, the Radisson, additionally owned by the Oneida Nation.
Gambler Max Westphal mentioned he was standing outdoors after being evacuated for what he thought was a minor challenge.
“All of a sudden we hear a massive flurry of gunshots—20 to 30 gunshots for sure,” Westphal advised WBAY-TV. “We took off running towards the highway … There had to have been 50 cop cars that came by on the highway. It was honestly insane.”
Pawlak mentioned authorities known as for a “tactical alert” after receiving the report of an energetic shooter. That “brings every agency from around the area to the casino, to the Radisson,” he mentioned of the big regulation enforcement presence.
Gov. Tony Evers issued an announcement late Saturday saying he was “devastated” to listen to concerning the taking pictures.
“Our hearts, thoughts, and support go out to the Oneida Nation, the Ashwaubenon and Green Bay communities, and all those affected by this tragedy.”
The Oneida tribe’s reservation lies on the west facet of the Green Bay space.
By Mike Roemer