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Fired worker returned to the restaurant with a firearm, allegedly killed 2 employees: Sheriff

The suspect was shot and killed by the police, officials said.

A worker who had been fired from Duck Creek Kitchen + Bar in Wisconsin returned to the restaurant where he allegedly killed two employees and injured a third, officials said.

About 50 people were eating at the restaurant in Ashwaubenon, near Green Bay, at the time of the Saturday night shooting, Brown County Sheriff Todd Delain told a news conference on Monday.

The restaurant is located inside a Radisson hotel connected to Oneida Casino. Several hundred people were inside the complex at the time, including hotel guests, restaurant guests, casino guests and people at a banquet hall wedding, Delain said.

PHOTO: Guests leave the Oneida Casino/Radisson Hotel & Conference Center on Sunday morning, May 2, 2021, after a shooting took place on Saturday where three people were killed, including the gunman, and one person was seriously injured.
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After the suspect entered the Duck Creek Kitchen + Bar, he went to a waitress counter – which is open to the public – and allegedly shot and killed two employees at point-blank range with a 9 mm pistol, Delain said.

PHOTO: Oneida police officers gather outside the Oneida Casino/Radisson Hotel & Conference Center on Sunday morning, May 2, 2021, after a shooting Ashwaubenon, Wis.
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PHOTO: Police stand guard in the parking area outside the Oneida Casino in the early morning hours, May 2, 2021, near Green Bay, Wis., following a shooting that left three dead and seriously wounded another.
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The dead employees were identified as Ian Simpson, 32, and Jacob Bartel, 35, Delain said.

The suspect then left the restaurant and left the compound where he allegedly shot a third restaurant employee, Daniel Mulligan, 28, said Delain.

Mulligan is in a serious but stable condition in a Milwaukee hospital, Delain said.

PHOTO: LLt. Kevin Pawlak of the Brown County Sheriff's Office talks to the media about a shooting incident with multiple fatalities at the Oneida Casino near Green Bay, Wis., on May 1, 2021.
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The only suspect, identified as 62-year-old Bruce Pofahl, was shot and killed by police outside the compound, near a parking lot, and pronounced dead on the spot, Delain said.

The suspect was fired from the restaurant earlier this year and was banned from entering the property, Delain said.

“This is not a random act,” said Delain. “We believe it was a target.”

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A specific reason is unclear, said Delain.

Oneida Nation said in a statement, “Our sincere condolences are extended to all of the victims’ loved ones. We are reaching out to provide all necessary counseling services to all of our employees.”

The Radisson Hotel Group Americas said in a statement: “We are working closely with the hotel’s leadership, operations and security teams, as well as members of the Oneida Nation, to provide support. We welcome the brave first responders on the spot for their heroism efforts. Our hearts are broken by the families of the victims and this community and we are doing everything we can to support them during this difficult time. “

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