Police shot dead a gunman who killed two people at the Oneida Casino in Green Bay, Wisconsin. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
Not a random attack
A gunman killed two people at the Oneida Casino in Green Bay, Wisconsin before police shot the attacker dead. Police received a call about an active shooter situation at about 7:28pm Saturday night in the Duck Creek Kitchen + Bar. One person received treatment for injuries following the shooting.
was targeting a specific victim who was not there”
Brown County Sheriff Lieutenant Kevin Pawlak said that it does not look like this was a random attack. During a news conference on Sunday, he said the gunman “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.”
Police quickly got to the scene and ultimately shot and killed the gunman. The authorities have not yet named the victims or the perpetrator, but they reportedly will do so on Monday morning. The person who suffered injuries went to a hospital in Milwaukee for treatment. No law enforcement officers were injured and the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation is heading up the investigation into the incident.
Tribal leaders in shock
The Oneida Nation operates the casino and tribal leaders were in shock after the incident. Oneida Nation Chairman Tehassi Hill spoke to local media, saying that it was “scary” and that he was still in “disbelief.”
Hill also noted that firearms are not permitted on the tribe’s properties. While he believes that the current level of security is good at the casino, he said that the tribe will conduct a review and investigators may have recommendations to further bolster measures. The tribe tweeted out a statement on Sunday about the incident:
The gunfire caused mass panic among those who were at the property. One witness said that he definitely heard 20 to 30 gunshots and that people starting running towards the highway. He saw about 50 police cars arrive at the scene.
Sheriff Lieutenant Pawlak spoke about how a “tactical alert” was signaled after they heard about the active shooter. This meant that all law enforcement agencies from the surrounding area went to the casino.
A key part of the community
This casino complex is only about four miles away from Lambeau Field, the home to the NFL’s Green Bay Packers. The team’s head coach Matt LaFleur tweeted out his condolences after the incident. The Oneida Casino is the official casino partner of the team. Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers issued a statement shortly after the shooting incident, sending his condolences to all impacted.
The Oneida Casino has thousands of slot machines, popular table games, a bingo hall, and a poker room. The complex also contains the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, as well as the aforementioned Duck Creek Kitchen + Bar. Between 150 and 200 individuals work at the complex. The tribe also has a number of other facilities in the surrounding area.
In Wisconsin, 11 tribes have gaming compacts that allow them to operate casinos in the state. The state gets a share of gaming revenue in return. In the 2018-2019 fiscal year, the state’s tribal gaming operations had gross revenue of almost $1.3bn. As expected, however, they struggled significantly last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.