Suspect apprehended in fatal Wisconsin tavern shooting »Albuquerque Journal
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KENOSHA, Wisconsin – Authorities say they apprehended someone in connection with a shooting at a busy tavern in southeastern Wisconsin early Sunday morning that left three people dead and three injured.
Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson, Sgt. David Wright said the suspect faces a charge of first degree intentional homicide, with additional criminal charges likely after further investigation. Authorities said earlier they were unsure if there was more than one gunman.
“There is no threat to the community at this time,” Wright said in a statement. He said no further information on the suspect would be released on Sunday.
Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth said earlier that a suspect was asked to leave Somers House Tavern in Kenosha County but returned and opened fire. Beth said shots were fired inside and outside the bar, which he described as “very busy” at the time. He said he believed at least one handgun was used.
Kenosha is about 50 kilometers south of Milwaukee, not far from the Wisconsin-Illinois border.
Officials initially said two people were injured, but said they were checking with hospitals for people who may have been injured in the shooting. Wright said in the updated statement that authorities believe there was a “possible unknown victim of the shooting.”
Beth said two people died at the scene. The third person jumped into a car with two other people, who moments later reported a police vehicle. The officer took the victim to the hospital where they were pronounced dead, Beth said.
Wright said investigators reviewed surveillance video from the scene. The tavern installed video cameras a few years ago, Beth said, but was unsure if the surveillance video came from the company.
Wright called it a complex investigation involving multiple crime scenes.
“Detectives have followed multiple leads and collected surveillance video evidence during extensive neighborhood investigations,” he said.
A man who lives near the bar, Peter Ploskee, told WLS-TV he heard gunshots, looked out the window and saw “people running from the bar in all directions.”
“It was just chaos,” he said. “People are running, people are screaming.”
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers called it a “senseless tragedy” and said he and his wife “were thinking of the families and loved ones affected and the entire Kenosha community as they mourned and battled another incident tragic gun violence.
It was the latest in a recent spate of shootings across the country, including the murder of eight people at a FedEx warehouse in Indianapolis on Thursday. Last month, four people were killed in an office shooting in California, eight people were fatally shot at massage companies in the Atlanta area, and 10 died in gunfire at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado.
The nearby town of Kenosha was the scene of serious unrest last summer, after police shot dead a young black man, Jacob Blake, leaving him paralyzed. A white Illinois teenager has been accused of killing two people during the Kenosha protests. Kyle Rittenhouse of Antioch is charged with manslaughter and attempted homicide in the August 25 shooting. He pleaded not guilty and said he fired in self-defense.