2 people shot dead in Wisconsin cemetery


RACINE, Wis. >> Two people were fatally shot Thursday at a cemetery south of Milwaukee, police said.

Racine police described the shooting as a “critical” incident and urged people to stay away. Police said several shots were fired in the direction of a funeral service on Thursday afternoon.

sergeant. Kristi Wilcox said a minor was treated and released and a second person was airlifted to a hospital in Milwaukee. It was not immediately known if any suspects were in custody.

Racine police said on social media that multiple shots were fired around 2:30 p.m. at Graceland Cemetery in Racine, about 30 miles south of Milwaukee. Ascension All Saints Hospital, which is next to the cemetery, said it was treating an undisclosed number of victims of the shooting.

The shooting comes the day after a gunman killed his surgeon and three others at a Tulsa doctor’s office. It is the latest in a series of mass shootings in the United States, including the deadly school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, and the attack on a supermarket in Buffalo, New State. York.

Ascension All Saints Hospital in Racine was in lockdown “out of an abundance of caution” following the shooting, the hospital said in a statement. He then lifted the lock.

Racine Mayor Cory Mason released a statement saying, “The heinous shooting at a cemetery as a family already mourns the loss of a loved one is a new low for these perpetrators of violence in our community. The violence must stop!

Mason said he’s directing the police department to actively enforce the city’s juvenile curfew order throughout the weekend, which means anyone under the age of 18 must be at the home before 11 p.m.

Residents in the area said they heard 20 to 30 gunshots, the Racine Journal Times reported.

Three young men who were playing basketball in Lockwood Park, immediately west of the cemetery, said they heard gunshots and the fence behind them was hit several times.

Tre Brantley, one of the men, started running to his car as soon as he heard gunshots. He and his brother, Kellyn Foster, got into their car and ducked down, praying they weren’t hurt.

“It has to stop,” Brantley said of gun violence.

The shooting took place during the burial of Da’Shontay L. King Sr., who was shot by Racine police on May 20, King’s sister Natasha Mullen said.

“We were at the grave trying to prepare to bury him, and bullets started flying everywhere,” she told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

A Racine police officer fatally shot King, 37, during a traffic stop about two weeks ago. Police said they were executing a search warrant on a vehicle when King, who they believe had a handgun, fled the car. According to police, King ignored orders to drop the gun and Officer Zachary B. Brenner shot him.

The Department of Justice is investigating the shooting.

Police are asking people to avoid the Racine West area around the cemetery.


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