A gunman walked right into a Wisconsin casino on the lookout for an individual he appeared to have a beef with and opened hearth on a bunch of individuals though the goal wasn’t there, killing two and significantly wounding a 3rd earlier than being shot dead by police, authorities mentioned.
“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,” Brown County Sheriff’s Lt. Kevin Pawlak mentioned.
He mentioned it was nonetheless unclear if the shooter, who has not been recognized, was a former worker of the casino, however added that “it appears there’s some relationship that had to do with employment.”
“Whether or not they all worked there, we’re still working on,” Pawlak mentioned.
The violence erupted round 7:30 p.m. on the Duck Creek Restaurant contained in the Oneida Casino/Radisson Conference Center in Ashwaubenon, west of Green Bay, WBAY-TV reported.
The gunman was killed by legislation enforcement outdoors the casino, and two victims have been discovered contained in the restaurant.
A 3rd particular person with critical accidents was discovered outdoors close to the doorway, authorities mentioned.
That sufferer was flown to a hospital in Milwaukee.
Jawad Yatim informed the Associated Press that he noticed a minimum of 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.”
“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.
Max Westphal mentioned he was sitting contained in the casino with mates once they heard the order to evacuate, and believing it was nothing critical walked outdoors.
“We’re still joking around about it and all of a sudden we hear a massive flurry of gunshots, 20 – 30 gunshots for sure,” Westphal informed WBAY.
“So we took off running toward the highway. Got out there and I mean that’s pretty much it. That’s all we heard. There was cops … there had to have been 50 cop cars that came by on the highway. It was honestly insane. It was crazy,” he mentioned.
Alex Churchill mentioned he additionally heard the volley of photographs.
“It started between the Radisson, the other hotel and the casino. And then the last that we heard a worker came running out that they’re right by the parking garage, which is around the corner from where we were,” mentioned Churchill.
The casino is owned by the Oneida Nation.
“Please keep our community in your prayers, there was an active shooter at our Hotel and Casino tonight. Situation is under control and the community is in no further danger. Updates will be be forthcoming as Oneida and surrounding law enforcement and emergency agencies are at the scene,” mentioned Brandon Stevens, the vice-chairman of the Oneida Nation.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers mentioned he and his spouse, Kathy, are “devastated” by 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. While we are waiting for more information, we hope and pray those who were injured will recover and are grateful for the first responders who quickly responded to the situation,” Evers mentioned in a press release.
The mayhem on the casino comes two weeks after a gunman shot three individuals dead and wounded three others at a bar in Kenosha.
The shooter returned to the bar after being tossed out and opened hearth.
A 24-year-old man has been charged in the killings.
With Post wires