ASHWAUBENON, Wisconsin – A shootout at a Wisconsin casino on Saturday left three people dead, including the gunman, and one seriously injured, police said early Sunday.
Law enforcement responded around 7:30 p.m. Saturday to reports of gunfire at the Duck Creek restaurant inside the Oneida / Radisson Hotel & Conference Center casino, the Brown County Sheriff’s Office said.
Police fired at the gunman after shooting three other people in or near the restaurant, Lt. Kevin Pawlak said at a press conference just after midnight.
The shooter went to the restaurant, but the employee he was targeting was not there, Pawlak said. The gunman then shot other workers, two of whom died, the sheriff’s office said. The gunman was killed outside the restaurant by the police.
The Brown County Sheriff’s Office and the Oneida Police Department are investigating the homicides and the Criminal Investigations Division of the Wisconsin Department of Justice is investigating the gunman’s death.
Officers responding to the scene treated the incident as an active live fire event. Information reaching the dispatch center suggests that there have been several shots and several casualties.
Current information suggests the suspect has ties to Oneida Casino due to employment status, police said.
Police said the situation was contained and there was no immediate threat.
Governor Tony Evers expressed his support for Oneida Nation and surrounding communities.
“Kathy and I were shocked to hear about the shooting at the Oneida Casino complex this evening. Our hearts, thoughts and support are with the Oneida Nation, the communities of Ashwaubenon and Green Bay, and all those affected by this tragedy, ”Evers said in a statement.
“While we await more information, we hope and pray that those who have been injured will recover and we are grateful to the first responders who responded quickly to the situation,” said the governor.
The Oneida Nation tweeted on Saturday night that its West Mason Casino, Travel Center and Packerland Casinos will open at 8 a.m. on Sunday, while the Main Casino and Irene Moore Activity Center will remain closed until further notice. All retail stores will open as usual on Sunday.
Robert Hesson was attending a friend’s birthday party in a casino banquet hall when staff rushed over and yelled at them to get out.
Hesson said he didn’t hear the gunshots and initially thought it might have been a fire, but as they left the building, police cars raced into the parking lot.
Outside, staff told them to move further and further away from the building as police rushed in with tactical weapons and shotguns, Hesson said.
At around 7:30 p.m., while in the parking lot, Hesson said he heard two gunshots first and then a large number. People told them to get behind the cars and get out.
Reflecting on what happened, Hesson said it was hard to believe something like this had happened here.
“I know no place is safe from this, but now it’s hit home,” Hesson said.
“It’s sad and disgusting all at the same time,” he said.
Hesson thanked the casino staff for their professionalism in getting people out of the building and keeping them safe, “because, as we understood, there were people who didn’t come tonight.”
Max Westphal of Brownsville said he was playing blackjack with a group of friends when an announcement came over the loudspeaker that people should evacuate.
At first he said they thought it was something minor. However, once outside, they heard the situation escalate.
“All of a sudden, a huge flurry of gunfire. Between 10 and 30 shots,” Westphal said. “All you could smell outside was gunpowder.”
They ran away from the scene, he said.
Taylor Schroeder was at the bingo hall in a separate building and did not hear any shots being fired, but said players were locked out around 8 p.m. and received no information on what was happening. was happening.
They continued to play bingo and received occasional “vague” updates until about 45 minutes later, when they were forced to leave immediately.
Outside, fire engines, ambulances and police vehicles were “everywhere”.
“I’m just happy that we were able to evacuate so efficiently and quickly,” said Schroeder.