Two people were shot dead in a Wisconsin casino, police said in the latest shooting incident that hit the United States.
The suspected assailant was also shot dead by police after he opened fire on Saturday night in the dining room of the hotel part of the Radisson Hotel in the casino of Oneida, near Green Bay in the northern part of the state.
Lt. Col. Kevin Paulak of the Brown County Sheriff̵
Pawlak said it was unclear whether the shooter was a former employee of the restaurant or casino, but said “there is some connection to employment”.
“Whether everyone worked there or not, we are still working,” he said.
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 for everyone who was shot,” he said.
Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul tweeted shortly before 10 p.m. local time that the scene was subdued.
“There is no longer a threat to the community,” he said.
Louise Cornelius, general manager of casino games, said on Facebook that “our hearts are breaking” because of the incident, but did not give further details.
“It is with great concern that I publish this message to our players and their families,” she wrote. “Our hearts are broken by the terrible incident that happened tonight at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center. Please note that support will be provided to all Gaming employees affected by this situation. More information will be published as soon as it becomes available. “
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued a statement late Saturday saying he was “devastated” to hear about the shooting, but gave no details.
“While we wait for more information, we hope and pray for those injured to recover and we are grateful for the first responders to respond quickly to the situation.”
Oneida Casino is run by the Oneida nation. The casino is connected to the large Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, also owned by the Oneida nation.
Max Westphal, who gambled at the casino, said he was standing outside after being evacuated 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. “
This follows a series of mass shootings in the United States, including the killing of eight workers at a FedEx depot in Indianapolis two weeks ago and that of 10 people at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado in March.
Earlier on Saturday, two men suffered life-threatening injuries in a shooting at a shopping mall in Tuquila near Seattle, according to police, apparently in isolated violence.