Three people were killed and at least two were seriously injured in a shooting early Sunday morning at a busy Kenosha County tavern, authorities said.
Investigators believe it is possible there was more than one gunman. They had not arrested anyone as of midday Sunday.
About 100 officers were looking for suspects, Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth said in a news conference.
Residents near Somers House tavern in the village of Somers likely were not at risk Sunday, Beth said.
A patron “wasn’t cooperating with the management” at the tavern, Beth said. The man left the bar and returned a short time later, about 12:45 a.m., to begin shooting, he said.
Shots were fired inside the tavern as well as outside, leading investigators to believe more than one person could have fired shots, Beth said. He believed handguns were used.
The patron who fired shots “knew who the victims were” and targeted them, Beth said. He did not know whether the victims knew the patron.
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, “there’s a possibility that one or two or maybe even more had minor injuries or some other injuries,” Beth said.
It is possible other people were struck by gunfire and left the tavern on their own, Beth said. Investigators have asked local hospitals to notify them of any additional gunshot victims.
One of the victims who died got into a car after being shot and was driven away from the scene by bystanders, Beth said. The driver flagged down 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 did not have any more information about how many people were there.
Video taken by a bystander and posted to social media after the shooting shows a chaotic scene. Emergency crews took at least two people out of the tavern with injuries, and another victim was receiving CPR just outside the front door.
As of 12:45 p.m. Sunday, investigators were still working at the tavern. A police dog was sniffing the yards of nearby homes, and Sheridan Road remained blocked from 12th Street to Carthage College, which is half a mile south.
A single potted flower was placed near the perimeter as a memorial.
Carthage went into lockdown after the shooting, Beth said.
The tavern is popular with Carthage students, 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 drove away quickly, he said.
Ploskee heard several gunshots from his home. He looked out his window and saw “cars taking off in every direction, people running in every direction.”
Then he saw about 19 squad cars arrive. Officers were walking house to house on Sheridan Road and “searching every property” for the suspects, Ploskee said.
An emergency alert was sent in early morning hours to nearby residents about the shooting.
Sheridan Road is closed near the scene as investigators work.
The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office asked anyone with information about the shooting and the suspects to call them at (262) 605-5100 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at (262) 656-7333.
Carthage College’s lockdown was lifted at 6:20 a.m. The college is offering counseling and support to students and asking that suspicious activity be reported to its office of public safety at 262-551-5911.
The rampage was the latest of several shooting attacks across the nation, including one at a FedEx warehouse in Indianapolis last week that left eight people dead. Mass killings have claimed four or more American lives every week for the past six weeks, leaving dozens dead and several more people wounded in their wake.
In Wisconsin last month, two employees at a Roundy’s facility in Oconomowoc were shot and killed by a coworker who later shot himself.
In February 2020, an electrician at Molson Coors shot and killed five coworkers and 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 at the Middleton software company WTS Paradigm shot and injured four co-workers before he was fatally shot by police.
In 1998, a postal worker in downtown Milwaukee fatally shot a colleague and injured two others before taking his own life.
This is a developing story will be updated.