Three people were killed and at least two were seriously injured in an early Sunday morning shooting at a bustling tavern in Kenosha County, authorities said.
Investigators believe there may have been more than one shooter. They hadn’t arrested anyone on Sunday at 7 a.m.
About 100 officers were looking for suspects, Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth told a news conference.
Residents near Somers House Tavern in the village of Somers were likely not in danger on Sunday morning, Beth said.
One customer was “not cooperating with the management” of the tavern, Beth said. The man left the bar and returned shortly after, at around 12:45 a.m., to start shooting, he said.
Shots were fired inside the tavern as well as outside, leading investigators to believe more than one person could have fired, Beth said. He believed handguns were being used.
The boss who fired the shots “knew who the victims were” and targeted them, Beth said. He didn’t know if the victims knew the boss.
The authorities had not released the names of the victims Sunday morning.
In addition to the three people who were killed and the two who were seriously injured, “it’s possible that one or two or maybe even more have minor wounds or other injuries,” Beth said.
It is possible that other people were hit by the gunfire and left the tavern on their own, Beth said. Investigators have asked local hospitals to notify them of any other gunshot victims.
One of the deceased victims got into a car after being shot and chased from the scene by passers-by, Beth said. The driver signaled an officer on the way, and the officer drove the person to the hospital. The person died before arriving.
Beth said the bar was “very busy” at the time of the shooting but had no more information on the number of people present.
A video taken by a spectator and posted on social media after the shooting shows a chaotic scene. Emergency crews took at least two injured people out of the tavern and another victim was receiving CPR right outside the front door.
The tavern is less than half a mile north of Carthage College on Sheridan Road. The school closed after the shooting, Beth said.
The tavern is popular with students in Carthage, said Peter Ploskee, 44, a neighbor who lives across the street.
His doorbell camera captured footage of what he called a “shootout” between two groups. People got into vehicles and left quickly, he said.
Ploskee heard several gunshots from his home. He looked out the window and saw “cars taking off in all directions, people running in all directions.”
Then he saw about 19 squad cars arriving. Officers walked house to house on Sheridan Road and “searched every property” for suspects, Ploskee said.
An emergency alert was sent early in the morning to nearby residents about the shooting.
Sheridan Road is closed near the scene while investigators work.
The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office has asked anyone with information about the shooting and suspects to call them at (262) 605-5100 or to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at (262) 656-7333.
The lockdown on Carthage College was lifted at 6:20 a.m. The college offers advice and support to students and requests that any suspicious activity be reported to its Public Safety Office at 262-551-5911.
The rampage was the latest in several gunfire attacks across the country, including one at a FedEx warehouse in Indianapolis last week that left eight people dead. The mass murders have claimed the lives of four or more Americans every week for the past six weeks, killing dozens and injuring several more in their wake.
In Wisconsin last month, two workers at a Roundy facility in Oconomowoc were gunned down by a colleague who later shot himself.
In February 2020, a Molson Coors electrician shot and killed five colleagues, then himself in one of the worst mass shootings in state history.
There have been at least 16 mass shootings in Wisconsin since 2004, including five last year.
In 2018, an employee of Middleton software company WTS Paradigm shot and injured four colleagues before being fatally shot by police.
In 1998, a downtown Milwaukee postal worker shot and killed a co-worker and injured two others before killing himself.
This is a developing story will be updated.