GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – A gunman killed two people at a casino restaurant in Wisconsin and seriously injured a third before being killed by police, authorities said.
Brown County Lt. Kevin Paulak said the shooting at Oneida’s casino in Green Bay on Saturday night appeared to be aimed at an attack.
“He is targeting a specific victim who was not there, but he still decided to shoot some of the victim’s friends or colleagues, it seems,” Pavlak told a news conference earlier Sunday.
Authorities have not revealed the identity of the attacker or his victims.
“Whether everyone worked there or not, we are still working,” he said.
The wounded man was being treated at a hospital in Milwaukee, Pavlak said.
The attack took place around 7:30 p.m. at the casino run by Oneida Nation, whose reservation is on the west side of Green Bay.
A witness, Javad Yatim, said he had seen at least two people shot.
“I certainly know two, because it happened right next to us, literally right next to us,” Yatim said. “But he fired quite aggressively into the building, so I wouldn’t doubt he was hitting other people.”
Yatim said the shooting started at a casino restaurant.
“We got out of there. “Thank God we’re fine, but we obviously wish the best to everyone who was shot,” he said.
Attorney General Josh Cole tweeted shortly before 10 p.m. that the scene was “restrained.” There is no longer a threat to the community. “
Webster said the casino is connected to a large Radisson hotel and conference center, also owned by Oneida Nation.
Gambler Max Westphal said he was standing outside after being evacuated from the building due to a minor problem he said was.
“Suddenly we hear a huge noise of shots – certainly 20 to 30 shots,” Westphal told WBAY-TV. “We took off to run to the highway … There had to be 50 police cars passing on the highway. It was genuinely insane. “
Pavlak said authorities were calling for a “tactical alarm” after receiving the active shooter signal. “This leads every agency in the entire area to the casino, to Radisson,” he said of the large law enforcement presence.
Gov. Tony Evers issued a statement late Saturday saying he was “devastated” to hear about the shooting.
“Our hearts, thoughts and support are directed to the Oneida nation, the Ashwaubenon and Green Bay communities and all those affected by this tragedy.”
Oneida is one of 11 tribes that run casinos in Wisconsin under agreements with the state called compact. In essence, the tribes bet the state a percentage of their gaming revenue in exchange for the exclusive right to offer casino gambling. The Wisconsin Tribal Games generated nearly $ 1.3 billion in gross revenue in fiscal 2018-2019, but suffered heavy losses in 2020 due to the blocking of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Associated Press writer Doug Glass participated in Minneapolis Mayuko Ono contributed from London.