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Three Illinois residents killed in Wisconsin shooting incident

News Agencies | Updated on: 14 August 2017, 10:45 IST

Three Illinois residents were killed in a shooting incident at a dragstrip in Wisconsin on 13 August.

Fox 6 News quoted Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth as saying that the incident happened around 7:00 p.m. (local time) at the Great Lakes Dragaway in Union Grove.

"All three of the victims are from Illinois. Two people died at the scene, and a third died en route to the hospital," reports Fox 6 News.

Journal Sentinel quoted Beth as saying that the victims were shot at "point blank" range.

The type of weapon used in this incident is unknown, as is what might have precipitated this action.

Quoting Beth, Journal Sentinel reports that the suspect remains at large and authorities are searching for a black vehicle.

In a news release issued around 9:00 p.m. (local time), sheriff's officials called the situation "fluid."

It was estimated that over 5,000 people were at "Larry's Fun Fest" at the time, an event that has, in the past, attracted persons from Milwaukee, Chicago and other surrounding areas.

"This is not indicative of this crowd. This is isolated and this is somebody who had a grudge with somebody and they came here and they really ruined a family event for people," Brian Mitchell, a Great Lakes Dragaway volunteer, told Fox 6 News.

Wisconsin was in news for shooting on 5 August, 2012 when a massacre took place at the gurdwara (Sikh temple) in Oak Creek where 40-year-old Wade Michael Page fatally shot six people and wounded four others. Page committed suicide by shooting himself in the head after he was shot in the stomach by a responding police officer. 


First published: 14 August 2017, 10:45 IST