3 dead, 2 wounded in shooting at Wisconsin tavern

April 18, 2021 05:29 pm | Updated 08:30 pm IST - KENOSHA, Wis.

Google Maps image locates Somers House Tavern in the village of Somers in Wisconsin’s Kenosha County.

Google Maps image locates Somers House Tavern in the village of Somers in Wisconsin’s Kenosha County.

Three people were killed and two were left wounded early on April 18 in a shooting at a tavern in southeastern Wisconsin, sheriff's officials said.

Kenosha Sheriff David Beth said the suspect in the shooting at Somers House Tavern in the village of Somers in Kenosha County is still at large, but that he believes the public is not in danger.

“We believe our suspect knew who he was targeting,” Mr. Beth said during a news conference. He asked that anyone with information about the incident to contact the Kenosha Sheriff’s Department. Somers is about 50 km south of Milwaukee, not far from the Wisconsin-Illinois border.

The suspect had been asked to leave the bar but returned and opened fire. Mr. Beth left open the possibility that there was more than one suspect. He said he believed at least one handgun was used.

Officials were still working to determine the identities of the people who died. The two people who were wounded were taken to area hospitals. There may have been more people with less serious injuries, and the sheriff's department has contacted local hospitals to find them, Mr. Beth said.

It was the latest in a recent string of mass shootings across the country, including the killings of eight people at a FedEx warehouse in Indianapolis on Thursday. In March, four people were killed at an office shooting in California, eight people were fatally shot at massage businesses in the Atlanta area, and 10 died in gunfire at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado.

The nearby city of Kenosha was the scene of serious unrest last summer, after police shot a young Black man, Jacob Blake, leaving him paralysed. A white Illinois teenager was accused of fatally shooting two people during the Kenosha protests. Kyle Rittenhouse of Antioch, is charged with homicide and attempted homicide in the August 25 shootings. He has pleaded not guilty and says he fired in self-defense.

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