On the evening of Saturday, May 1, 2020, Bruce K. Pofahl was identified as the gunman who opened fire at the Oneida Casino and Radisson Hotel and Conference Center near Green Bay, Wisconsin. Along with the gunman, two people were killed, and a third was critically wounded.
Brown County Sheriff Todd Delain said Monday at a press conference that the suspect was a former employee who had been fired earlier in 2021 and had been banned from accessing the house.
He is 62 years old.
Who Were The Victims?
Ian J. Simpson, 35, Jacob T. Bartel, 32, and Daniel L. Mulligan, 28 were the victims. Mulligan is in a critical but stable condition at a Milwaukee hospital after Simpson and Bartle were killed.
Bruce Pofahl, a 62yr old white man, who previously worked at the Radisson and was fired and banned, violated his…
The three victims were all employees of the casino. Mulligan’s GoFundMe page has raised more than $18,000. It was a “targeted event, not a random shooting,” according to authorities. It was aimed at a particular person.” Since the goal was not there, the gunman wanted to shoot the target’s coworkers and friends, according to police.
The Oneida Nation operates the casino, which is located in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin, near Green Bay. Delain said, “Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of those who have lost their lives in this senseless act of violence. We appreciate everyone’s support and patience as work through this investigation. This incident has impacted the lives of many in our community, including the victims, their families, emergency first responders and their families, witnesses and the staff and patrons of the Radisson.”
At a press conference on Monday, Delain said the shooting occurred shortly before 7:30 p.m. in the Duck Creek Kitchen + Bar restaurant, which is part of the Oneida Casino complex. The casino complex, he said, has many big banquet halls. Delain said, “A person can travel a significant distance and enter several different rooms within the complex with numerous entrance and exit points,”
“On Saturday, during the time period of this incident, there were several hundred people within the complex area, including Oneida Nation employees, hotel guests, restaurant patrons, individuals using the banquet halls, including a wedding celebration and guests of the casino.”
According to Delain, 75 law enforcement officers, firefighters, and EMS staff from various local departments and agencies responded immediately.
Delain added, “On the night incident, the suspect entered the complex on the south side of the building between the casino and restaurant near the banquet halls. He walked to the Duck Creek Kitchen + Bar and walked directly toward the back of the restaurant toward a waiter’s station,”
“This waiter’s station is open to the public and not an employee-only restricted area. The suspect fatally shot two employees at close range with a 9mm handgun. This occurred with approximately 50 patrons inside the restaurant.”
Pofahl then exited the restaurant and proceeded to the “north side of the complex,” according to Delain. According to the sheriff, he then shot the third victim, who is also a Duck Creek employee. Officers organized teams to enter the building and locate the threat, while others started providing first aid to the victims, according to Delain. “A contact team from the Green Bay Police Department was able to engage and neutralize the suspect outside of the complex on the north side of the building near the parking structure. The lone suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.”
Police shot the gunman immediately after he shot the third victim, according to Delain. According to Delain, the whole incident took no more than 10 minutes. The active-shooter was identified at the “Oneida Casino Radisson,” likely at a wedding, according to scanner traffic. According to the dispatch audio, the shooting occurred in a restaurant or sports bar. An officer said, “It’s in the restaurant. Male with hat and glasses,”.
The shootings at the casino will be investigated by Delain’s office, while the officer-involved shooting of the gunman will be investigated by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation.
In Wisconsin, it is standard practice for the state agency to prosecute officer-involved shootings, and Delain said he couldn’t comment on that aspect of the incident. According to Delain, the FBI is also helping in both inquiries.