Authorities named a fired employee as the gunman in a weekend mass shooting at the Oneida Casino in Wisconsin, killing two people and injuring another.
The Brown County Sheriff’s Office on Monday said Bruce Pofahl opened fire at his former workplace, the Duck Creek Kitchen and Bar at the Radisson Hotel & Convention Center in Green Bay, where he shot and killed employees Ian Simpson, 32, and Jacob Bartel, 35 on Saturday.
Daniel L. Mulligan, 28, was shot outside the house but survived and is in a critical but stable condition.
Sheriff Todd Delain said Pofahl, 62, was fired as the restaurant’s food and beverage manager earlier this year and told he was no longer welcome on the premises.
Pofahl entered the restaurant with a 9mm pistol and proceeded to the waiter station, where he shot and killed Simpson and Bartel before fleeing and shooting Mulligan, according to Delain.
Pofahl was shot and killed by police on the first-floor loading ramp on the casino complex’s east side. The assault lasted about ten minutes in total.
Three Green Bay officers have been placed on administrative leave but Delain on Monday said they were justified in their decision to fire.
“Certainly this individual was a threat,” he said at a news briefing.
Authorities did not offer a reason for the attack on Monday, but Brown County Lt. Kevin Pawlak told reporters on Saturday that he was “targeting a specific victim who was not there.”
According to online court documents, Pofahl’s boss, Elizabeth Walker, obtained a restraining order against him in March, claiming he was fired for “a few things, including harassment” and had been sending her abusive messages and emails for several weeks.
Pofahl refused to attend a hearing on the warrant, citing his high blood pressure and asthma as concerns for COVID-19 exposure, and a court commissioner then granted the order but did not bar him from owning a weapon.