Law enforcement officials in Kenosha, Wisconsin have announced the arrest of a gunman suspected of killing three and injuring another three in an incident that occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning, as Fox News reports.
The terrifying incident at issue unfolded this weekend at the Somers House Tavern, a popular spot for students attending Carthage College in the Kenosha area. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the suspect, 24-year-old Rakayo A. Vinson, had been patronizing the establishment earlier in the evening, had a dispute with the management, returned soon thereafter, and opened fire both inside and outside the building.
Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth reported that the bar was quite crowded when Vinson returned and that he targeted specific male victims, killing three and wounding three more, adding,“I’m led to believe there was some type of confrontation inside, the management asked that person to leave and then that person came back a short time later and shot people.”
According to police, Vinson was taken into custody on late Sunday and will be formally charged with a single count of first degree intentional homicide, with additional charges likely to follow upon completion of the ongoing investigation.
The Journal Sentinel noted that investigators are probing whether more than one shooter was involved in the incident, as someone living near the tavern indicated that his doorbell-mounted surveillance camera appeared to show two different groups exchanging gunfire in the bar’s parking lot.
Sheriff’s Sgt. David Wright assured the community that “Detectives and other involved law enforcement officers have conducted numerous interviews and collected a great deal of evidence from the crime scenes including the impounding of several vehicles,” adding that officers “have followed up on multiple leads and gathered surveillance video evidence during extensive neighborhood canvasses.”
As of late Sunday, no information had been officially released regarding the identities of those killed or injured in the violent attack, though local social justice advocate Porche Bennett-Bay told the Kenosha News that one of those killed was her 26-year-old cousin who “leaves behind a beautiful baby boy.”
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) reacted to the horrifying news of the shooting on Sunday, issuing a statement saying, “My heart breaks for Kenosha this morning…I want to thank the first responders who reacted quickly and are still working to investigate and find those involved” in the devastating event.
As Somers village president George Stoner declared, the events of Sunday morning were nothing short of “a tragedy,” and hopefully justice will be served in this case on behalf of those who lost their lives in an act of truly senseless violence.