MILWAUKEE – Authorities say they arrested a “person of interest” in connection with the shooting three men dead at a busy tavern in southeast Wisconsin on early Sunday.
According to the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department, the person in custody will be charged with a number of premeditated first degree murders.
At least two people were seriously injured, Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth said, later adding that about 100 officers were looking for suspects.
“This appears to be a targeted and isolated incident,” said Beth. “We don’t think there is a threat to the community.”
Investigators have asked local hospitals to notify them of any other gunshot victims.
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In Kenosha, Beth said a patron “didn’t work with management” at the tavern and then left. The man returned a short time later, around 12:45 p.m., and started shooting, he said. Shots were fired inside and outside the tavern, leading investigators to believe that more than one gunner could have been involved, Beth said.
Videos captured by bystanders and posted on social media after filming reveal a tumultuous scene. Emergency teams removed at least two injured people from the tavern, and another victim received CPR right on the doorstep.
Peter Ploskee, who lives near the bar, said he jumped up and ran to his window after hearing the first gunshots.
“Just see people running in all directions from the bar,” he said WLS TV. “It was just chaos. People run in all directions so you know who is who? Is that the guy? Is that the guy? People just run, people scream.”
Beth said the tavern installed video cameras a few years ago, and investigators checked every video they could get.
The tavern is less than half a mile north of Carthage College on Sheridan Road. The school was closed after the shooting, Beth said.
The rifleman or riflemen apparently knew the victims, Beth said. He didn’t know if the victims knew who had attacked them. Authorities did not publish the names of the victims on Sunday morning.
Beth said it was possible other patrons sustained injuries that were not reported to authorities. Investigators asked the hospitals to inform them of other gunshot victims.
One of the victims got into a car after being shot and was driven away from the scene by bystanders, Beth said. The driver stopped an officer on the way, and the officer drove the person to a hospital. The person died prior to their arrival.
Beth said the bar was “very busy” at the time of filming, but he had no further information on how many people were there.
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers called it a “pointless tragedy” and said he and his wife “think of the families and loved ones and the entire Kenosha community as they grieve and grapple with another tragic incident of gun violence “.
The nearby city Kenosha has been the scene of unrest last summer after a policeman shot and killed Jacob Blake who was paralyzed. The officer who shot Blake in the back in August is back on duty and has no criminal or administrative charges.
An Illinois teenager was accused of fatally shooting two people in protests sparked by Blake’s gunfire. Kyle Rittenhouse of Antioch is charged with murder and attempted murder.
Bacon reported from Arlington, Virginia.
Contributors: Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY; Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; The Associated Press