Two people have been shot dead at a casino in Wisconsin, police said in the latest shooting incident that hit the United States.
The suspected gunman was also shot by police after he opened fire Saturday night in the dining room of the Radisson Hotel Department at the Oneida Casino near Green Bay in the northern part of the state.
Lieutenant Kevin Pawlak of the Brown County Sheriff̵
Pawlak said it was not clear if the shooter was a former employee of the restaurant or casino, but said “there is some relationship that had to do with employment”.
“Whether they all worked there or not, we are still working on it,” he said.
Jawad Yatim, a witness, said he saw at least two people being shot.
“I definitely know two, because it happened right next to us, literally right next to us,” Yatim said. “But he shot pretty aggressively into the building, so I would have no doubt he hit other people.”
Yatim said the shooting began in a casino restaurant.
“We got the hell out of there, thank God it’s OK, but of course we wish the best for everyone who’s been shot,” he said.
Wisconsin’s attorney general, Josh Kaul, tweeted shortly before noon. 22 local time that the scene was contained.
“There is no longer a threat to society,” he said.
Louise Cornelius, the casino’s gaming administrator, said on Facebook that “our hearts are breaking” over the incident, but gave no further details.
“It is with great difficulty that I send this message to our gaming staff and their families,” she wrote. “Our hearts are broken by the terrible incident that took place 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 sent as soon as it is available. ”
Wisconsin State 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 ask those who were injured to recover and are grateful for the first responders who responded quickly to the situation.”
The Oneida Casino is operated by the Oneida Nation. The casino is connected to a large hotel and conference center, Radisson, which is also owned by the Oneida nation.
Max Westphal, who played at the casino, said he stood outside after being evacuated for what he thought was a minor problem.
“Suddenly we hear a massive flood of shots – definitely 20 to 30 shots,” Westphal told WBAY-TV. “We started by running towards the motorway … There must have been 50 police cars passing by on the motorway. It was frankly insane. ”
It follows a wave of mass shootings in the United States, including the massacre of eight workers at a FedEx depot in Indianapolis two weeks ago and that of 10 people in a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado in March.
Earlier Saturday, two men suffered non-life-threatening injuries in a shooting at a mall in Tukwila near Seattle in what police described as apparently isolated violence.