A gunman has killed two people at a Wisconsin casino and seriously wounded a third before being killed by police, in what authorities said appeared to be a targeted attack.
Police swarmed the Oneida Casino in Green Bay on Saturday evening after the gunman opened fire.
Brown County Sheriff’s Lt Kevin Pawlak said investigators believe the gunman was seeking a specific person.
‘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,’ Lt Pawlak said.
Neither the gunman nor the shooting victims were immediately identified.
Lt Pawlak was not sure if the gunman was a former employee of the restaurant, but said ‘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 said.
The wounded person was being treated at a Milwaukee hospital, Lt Pawlak said.
Police swarmed the Oneida Casino in Green Bay on Saturday evening
Law enforcement blocks the road in front of the Oneida Bingo and Casino in Green Bay after reports of an active shooter
The attack happened at around 7.30pm on Saturday at the Oneida Casino, operated by the Oneida Nation on the western side of Green Bay, with the casino tweeting that an active gunman was on the scene.
The casino warned of an ‘active shooter situation’ in a Tweet posted at 9:18pm and told people to stay away from the area.
Fox 11 reported dozens of police cars had raced to the casino in Ashwaubenon, across Highway 172 from Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport.
Witnesses reportedly heard rapid fired shots and officers were spotted drawing their weapons as they entered the casino on Saturday evening.
Dozens of police cars had raced to the casino in Ashwaubenon, across Highway 172 from Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport
Brown County Sheriff’s Lt Kevin Pawlak said investigators believe the gunman was seeking a specific person
Jawad Yatim, a witness, said he saw at least two people shot.
‘I know for sure two, because it happened right next to us, literally right next to us,’ Mr Yatim said. ‘But he was shooting pretty aggressively in the building, so I wouldn’t doubt him hitting other people.’
Gambler Max Westphal said he was standing outside after being evacuated for what he thought was a minor issue.
‘All of a sudden we hear a massive flurry of gunshots – 20 to 30 gunshots for sure,’ Westphal told 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.’
The Oneida Casino Tweeted a warning to stay away after an active shooter was on the loose
The Oneida Casino in Green Bay Wisconsin later confirmed a suspect was in custody
Footage taken from the casino carpark shows people appearing to run away from the building as officers with their arms drawn arrive.
All available medics were dispatched from local counties Shawno, Outagamie and Kewaunee.
Attorney General Josh Kaul tweeted shortly before 10pm that the scene ‘is contained. There is no longer a threat to the community.’
Gov. Tony Evers issued a statement late Saturday saying he was ‘devastated’ to hear about the shooting, but gave no details.
‘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.’
The Oneida Casino is operated by the Oneida Nation.
The casino is connected to a large hotel and conference center, the Radisson, also owned by the Oneida Nation.
The casino tweeted Saturday night: ‘West Mason Casino, The Travel Center and Packerland Casinos will re-open at 8 am, Sunday, May 2, 2021. Main Casino and IMAC will remain closed until further notice’.
The Oneida tribe’s reservation lies on the west side of the Green Bay area.