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Fatal shoot at casino

2 dead, 1 hurt in Wis.; cops kill gunman

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Tribal leaders in northeaste­rn Wisconsin were in shock Sunday hours after a gunman opened fire at their casino complex, killing two people and wounding another in what witnesses described as a hailstorm of bullets.

Brown County Sheriff’s Lt. Kevin Pawlak said the shooting at the Oneida Casino in Green Bay on Saturday night didn’t appear to be a random attack.

“He was targeting a specific victim who was not there, but he decided to still shoot some of the victim’s friends or co-workers, it appears,” Pawlak said at a news conference early Sunday. Police responding to the scene shot the gunman to death.

Oneida Chairman Tehassi Hill told WLUK-TV on Sunday that he was in “disbelief” and called the shooting “scary.” He said the tribe prohibits firearms on its properties, but that mass shootings are “kind of a regular thing in this country.”

Authoritie­s have not released the identities of the gunman or his victims. The wounded person was being treated at a Milwaukee hospital, Pawlak said.

The attack happened about 7:30 p.m. in the restaurant at the casino complex operated by the Oneida Nation, whose reservatio­n is located on the western side of Green Bay about 4 miles from Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers. The complex includes a casino, conference center, hotel and restaurant.

Jawad Yatim, a witness, said he saw at least two people shot.

“I know for sure two, because it happened right next to us, literally right next to us,” Yatim said. “But he was shooting pretty aggressive­ly in the building, so I wouldn’t doubt him hitting other people. We got the hell out of there. Thank God we’re OK, but obviously we wish the best for everybody who’s been shot.”

Pawlak, the sheriff’s department lieutenant, wasn’t sure if the shooter was a former restaurant employee but said “it appears there’s some relationsh­ip that had to do with employment.”

“Whether or not they all worked there, we’re still working on,” he said.

Gambler Max Westphal said he was standing outside after being evacuated from the building 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.”

Pawlak said authoritie­s called for a “tactical alert” after receiving the report of an active shooter. That “brings every agency from around the area to the casino, to the Radisson,” he said of the large law enforcemen­t presence.

Hill, the tribal chairman, told WLUK that he feels security is tight in the casino but that the tribe may have to consider tougher protocols for the complex depending on investigat­ors’ findings.

Gov. Tony Evers issued a statement late Saturday saying he was “devastated” to hear about the shooting. “Our hearts, thoughts and support go out to the Oneida Nation, the Ashwaubeno­n and Green Bay communitie­s, and all those affected by this tragedy,” he said.

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 ??  ?? Oneida Casino (top) in Green Bay, Wis., was shooting scene Saturday, when gunman shot two people dead and hurt another, before he was killed by police. Sheriff’s Lt. Kevin Pawlak (above) answers questions.
Oneida Casino (top) in Green Bay, Wis., was shooting scene Saturday, when gunman shot two people dead and hurt another, before he was killed by police. Sheriff’s Lt. Kevin Pawlak (above) answers questions.

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