US shooting: 2 die in ‘targeted attack’ at Wisconsin casino; gunman killed by police

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MOSCOW Published: May 02, 2021, 07:50 AM(IST)

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Green Bay police and the Brown County Sheriff's Office told The Associated Press they have no details on the casino incident.

A shooting Saturday at Wisconsin casino left three people dead including the gunman, and one person seriously injured, police said early Sunday.

After he had shot three other people in or near the restaurant, police shot the gunman, Brown County Sheriff's Lt. Kevin Pawlak said at a news conference just after midnight.

Pawlak said investigators believe the gunman was targeting a specific person he was angry at, but the person wasn't at the Oneida Casino at the time. The gunman "decided to still shoot some of the victim's co-workers or friends, it appears," Pawlak said.

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul tweeted shortly before 10 pm that the scene “is contained. There is no longer a threat to the community.” He gave no other details and an agency spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to a message. 

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The Oneida Casino in Green Bay tweeted Saturday there was an active shooter at the casino. Spokeswoman Bobbi Webster said later that “individuals” had been shot, but she didn't have information on how many of their conditions, and didn't know whether the shooter was still at large. 

Webster cited Oneida police and casino security for her information. She said people were being cleared out of the casino and nearby properties.

“We do not know where the individual was shooting, or (where) individuals were shot,” Webster said.

The Oneida Casino is operated by the Oneida Nation. Webster said the casino is connected to a large hotel and conference centre, the Radisson, also owned by the Oneida Nation.

Gambler Max Westphal said he was standing outside after being evacuated for what he thought was a minor issue.

“All of a sudden we hear a massive flurry of gunshots — 20 to 30 gunshots for sure,” Westphal told WBAY-TV.

“We took off running towards the highway ... There had to have been 50 cop cars that came by on the highway. It was honestly insane.”

The Oneida tribe's reservation lies on the west side of the Green Bay area.

(With inputs from agencies)

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