MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – A man who shot and killed two people and injured a third at a restaurant in the Northeastern Wisconsin tribal casino before police killed him was fired from the restaurant and banned from the property, authorities said on Monday.
Bruce Pofahl, 62, walked into the Duck Creek Kitchen and Bar in Green Bay on Saturday and shot Ian Simpson, 32, and Jacob Bartel, 35, at a server station at close range with a handgun 9mm in front of dozens of patrons, Brown County Sheriff Todd Delain said at a press conference in Green Bay.
Pofahl then came out and shot another restaurant worker, Daniel Mulligan, 28, the sheriff said. A team of Green Bay police opened fire on Pofahl, killing him.
Mulligan was in serious but stable condition in a Milwaukee hospital on Monday, Delain said.
The sheriff defended the officers’ decision to shoot Pofahl, saying “this individual was definitely a threat.”
The restaurant is part of a hotel and conference center that includes the Oneida Casino. Delain said Pofahl was fired from the restaurant earlier this year. He did not say why Pofahl was fired, but said the attack was “targeted” and investigators were still rebuilding Pofahl’s relationship with his colleagues.
Online court records show a woman issued a restraining order against Pofahl in March, but the order did not include any gun restrictions. The files did not mention any other cases or charges involving Pofahl.
Oneida chairman Tehassi Hill told WLUK-TV on Sunday that he was “in disbelief” and called the shooting “frightening.” He said the tribe banned firearms on their property, but that “(mass shootings are) kind of common in this country.
The attack occurred around 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the restaurant at the Oneida Nation-operated casino complex, whose reserve is located on the west side of Green Bay about 4 miles from Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers. . The complex includes a casino, conference center, hotel and restaurant. Between 150 and 200 people work there, tribal leaders said.
Hill said he believes security is tight at the casino, but the tribe may need to consider stricter protocols for the resort depending on investigators’ findings.
The Oneida is one of 11 tribes that operate casinos in Wisconsin under agreements with the state called compacts. Essentially, the tribes promise a percentage of their gambling revenues to the state in return for the exclusive right to offer casino games.
Tribal games in Wisconsin generated nearly $ 1.3 billion in gross revenue in the 2018-19 fiscal year, but suffered heavy losses in 2020 due to pandemic COVID-19 lockdowns.
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