Suspect Apprehended in Fatal Shooting at Wisconsin Tavern

April 18, 2021 Updated: April 18, 2021

KENOSHA, Wis.—Authorities say they have apprehended a person in connection with a shooting at a busy tavern in southeastern Wisconsin early Sunday that left three men dead and three men injured.

Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. David Wright said the suspect is facing a charge of first-degree intentional homicide, with additional criminal charges likely after further investigation. Authorities said earlier they weren’t sure if there was more than one shooter.

“There is no threat to the community at this time,” Wright said in a release. He said no further information on the suspect would be released Sunday.

Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth said earlier a suspect was asked to leave the 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.

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Investigators confer outside the Somers House tavern in Somers, Wis., on April 18, 2021. (Deneen Smith/The Kenosha News via AP)

Kenosha is about 30 miles south of Milwaukee, not far from the Wisconsin-Illinois border.

Officials originally said two people were injured but said they were checking with hospitals for people who may have been hurt in the shooting. Wright said in the updated release that authorities believe there is one “possible unknown shooting victim.”

Beth said two people died at the scene. The third person hopped in a car with two other people, who moments later flagged down a police vehicle. The officer drove the victim to a hospital where that person was pronounced dead, Beth said.

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Evidence markers and police tape were in abundance outside the Somers House Tavern and down 15th Place, where shots were fired in a fatal shooting, in Kenosha, Wis., on April 18, 2021. (Deneen Smith/The Kenosha News via AP)

Wright said investigators have reviewing surveillance video from the scene. The tavern installed video cameras a couple of years ago, Beth said, but he didn’t know if the surveillance video is from the business.

Wright called it a complex investigation that involves several crime scenes.

“Detectives have followed up on multiple leads and gathered surveillance video evidence during extensive neighborhood canvasses,” he said.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers called it a “senseless tragedy” and said he and his wife are “thinking of the families and loved ones affected and the entire Kenosha community as they grieve and grapple with yet another tragic incident of gun violence.”

The shootings came in the midst of a gun-control push by congressional Democrats and the White House following several mass shootings in Indiana, Atlanta, and Boulder, Colorado, in recent weeks. Last Thursday, eight people were shot and killed in a FedEx warehouse in Indianapolis.

Epoch Times staff contributed to this report