Two people were killed and another seriously injured in a shooting at a Wisconsin casino, police said.
Brown County Sheriff’s Lt. Kevin Pawlak said the shooting at Oneida Casino and Radisson Conference Center in Green Bay on Saturday appeared to be a targeted incident and the intended target was not at the casino.
Lt. Pawlak said the suspect continued to “shoot some of the victim’s friends or colleagues” in the absence of the intended target.
The shooter was believed to have some form of “employment relationship” at the Duck Creek Restaurant attached to the Onedia Casino and the Radisson Conference Center, where the shooting took place.
It’s on the Oneida Nation Reservation, which operates the casino, about four miles from Lambeau Field – the home of the NFL’s Green Bay Packers.
A witness to the shooting, Jawad Yatim, told The Associated Press that the suspect “was shooting quite aggressively into the building” and that “of course two” were shot.
“We got the hell out of it,” he added. “Thank goodness everything is fine, but obviously we wish everyone who was shot the best.”
Another witness, Max Westphal, told WBAY-TV that after being evacuated from the compound, “a huge flurry of gunfire – 20 to 30 shots for sure” was heard.
“We took off running towards the highway,” he told the TV station. “There must have been 50 police cars that arrived on the highway. It was honestly insane.
Tehassi Hill, chairman of Onedia, told WLUK-TV that firearms were banned on his property but that “[mass shootings are] kind of a regular thing in this country.
It is one of 11 tribes that operate casinos in Wisconsin through agreements with the state.
The names of those involved in the incident were not given on Sunday and the injured person was being treated at a Milwaukee hospital, according to Lt. Pawlak.
The Brown County Sheriff’s Office is appealing for information and was scheduled to speak again at a press conference on Monday.
An investigation is underway.
Additional Associated Press reporting