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Multiple people injured in Wisconsin casino shooting
Between seven and eight people have been injured in a casino located near the city of Green Bay, in Wisconsin, apparently by the attack of an armed individual, authorities and those in charge of the establishment have informed local media.
The Oneida Casino has reported on its Twitter account that an armed person was in the casino. “There is currently an active shooter situation at the Oneida Casino. Several Law Enforcement agencies are working to secure the location. Please do not go near the Main Casino on Hwy 172. We’ll post information as it becomes available”.
The suspect was targeting a worker he knew at the Duck Creek Kitchen + Bar inside the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin, but the person was not there, according to Lt. Kevin Pawlak of the Brown County Sheriff’s Office.
Instead, the suspect opened fire and killed two of the target’s co-workers and a third person was “seriously wounded” by gunfire, according to Pawlak. The officers shot him down outside the hotel, which is connected to the Oneida Casino.
The shooting began in a dining room of the Radisson Inn hotel, which is connected to the Oneida Casino. Police proceeded to search every room in the establishment as a precaution, Danforth said.
Two witnesses described the scene to the local press as chaos, saying they heard gunshots and saw people “run for their lives.”
“At first, we really didn’t know what to expect. Then once we saw the cop running over here with an AR-15, we knew this was getting pretty serious,” Dylan Luehring told CNN affiliate WLUK news network.
“Once we heard the shots, we knew this was no longer a joke,” he said. “I am very grateful to have been able to get out of there.”
In addition, the Oneida casino has announced that its spaces will remain closed “until further notice” and promised to release “additional information as it becomes available.” Melinda J. Danforth, director of intergovernmental affairs for Oneida Nation, the tribe in charge of running the casino, has said that between seven and eight people may be injured, according to NBC News.
This event follows the recent shootings in the US, the most recent last Thursday in New York and North Carolina.
In New York, two people who were dining on the terrace of the iconic Peter Luger Steak House restaurant were shot and wounded by another of the diners, while five other people died, including two policemen, after a hostage-taking and subsequent shooting in the town of Boone, North Carolina.
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers posted on Facebook that he and his wife, Kathy, were devastated. “Our hearts, thoughts and support go out to Oneida Nation, Ashwaubenon and Green Bay and all those affected by this tragedy,” he wrote.