Police: several victims in a shooting in a Wisconsin cemetery


A shooting at a cemetery south of Milwaukee on Thursday afternoon resulted in multiple casualties, police said.

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.

It was not immediately known if there had been any deaths or if any suspects were in custody.

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

Ascension All Saints Hospital in Racine is in lockdown “out of an abundance of caution” following the shooting, the hospital said in a statement.

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

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 A policeman from Racine 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. Police say King did not ignore 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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