Posted on May 3, 2021, 7:28 a.m.
Last Updated: May 3, 2021, 07:28 h.
The shooter who killed two people at the restaurant of the Oneida casino complex in Wisconsin on Saturday night was a former diner worker, local police said. He was shot and killed by officers at the scene.
On Monday, Brown County Sheriff Todd Delain identified the killer as Bruce K. Hofahl 62. Earlier this year, the shooter was fired from his job as a restaurant manager at a restaurant, Green Bay Press Gazette the local newspaper reported.
He was barred from entering the building, WLUK, the local TV station, reported, citing police sources.
Initial reports said the shooter had entered into a dispute with the person he intended to shoot. But the planned victim was not present at the restaurant on Saturday night, so the shooter fired his gun at other employees in or near the restaurant, police said.
The restaurant is known as Duck Creek Kitchen + Bar. It is located in the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, which is adjacent to the tribal casino. The property is close to Green Bay.
The casinos of the West Mason complex, Packerland and Travel Center were closed after the shooting. They reopened on Sunday.
The main casino and bingo hall of Irene Moore Activity Center are still closed. Details of the re-opening will be announced at a later date.
Details of the police release
On Saturday evening, the striker went to the waiter's position. He then shot two workers, police said. He was at close range.
He then injured a third person outside of the restaurant, according to press journal.
Three officers of the Green Bay Police Department are believed to have fired on the gunner during a confrontation on the first floor parking ramp on the east side of the casino complex, it said press newspaper .
The shooter used a 9 mm gun. The entire incident lasted about 10 minutes, It was reported in the press newspaper .
The deceased victims were identified as Jacob T. Bartel, 35 and Ian J. Simpson 32.
Daniel L. Mulligan 28 was also hospitalized with serious wounds. On Monday, he was placed in a serious condition at a Milwaukee hospital.
Green Bay officers have been placed on administrative leave. It is standard procedure to take this action during a shootout review with an officer.
During the shooting, the public held private parties at the casino complex. They include a bachelor party, dinner with the hockey team and a wedding reception, WLUK said.
Advisors made available to employees
Oneida Nation runs the games department. Tribe and casino officials commented on this brutal incident.
It is with great concern that I am sending this message to our gaming staff and their family, ”published Louise Cornelius, CEO of Oneida Casino on the casino's Facebook page. "Our hearts are broken because of the terrible incident that occurred that night at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center."
Between and 200 workers were on the grounds of the gaming complex when the shooting took place, Cornelius said. Advisors will be available to employees.
"Please note that support will be provided to all Gaming employees who are affected by this situation," added Cornelius. “The safety of our employees and visitors has always been our top priority. This commitment was evident from our employees last night. "
As part of the recovery process from a broken heart this weekend, Oneida Nation will host a smoking ceremony on Wednesday, May 5 at 9:00 AM, on the east side of the Main Casino parking ramp.
The complex files will be blurred later.
- Oneida Casino (@OneidaCasino) May 3, 2021
“As with the Oneida Nation community, we treat our community like family. As it happens in our booking, we treat the situation like family just as it happened to us. We send our sincere condolences to the injured people, as well as to those who had to be there "- he quoted Press Gazette Brandon Stevens tribe vice president.
Oneida Nation prohibits firearms on its property. The tribe will review the security protocols, he said Press Gazette .
"Some things like because it is quite difficult to stop, but it ensures we have a proper response to any kind of emergency," Oneida Nation chairman Tehassi Hill said on Sunday. Press Gazette .
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers also tweeted that he was "devastated" by the "tragedy".