At least three people were killed in a shooting at a bar early Sunday in Kenosha, Wis., the latest instance of gun violence in a nation where such bloodshed has grown wearyingly commonplace.
The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department said that a suspect was at large, but added that the shooting at the Somers House tavern, which took place at 12:42 a.m., appeared to be a “targeted and isolated incident.”
“We do not believe there is threat to the community at this time,” Sgt. David Wright of the sheriff’s department said in a statement released Sunday morning.
The victims were still being identified, Sergeant Wright said. The Kenosha News, a local newspaper, said that Somers House was popular with students from Carthage College.
Kenosha, a city of about 100,000 people on Lake Michigan, a few miles north of the Illinois border, was the scene of shootings that reverberated across the country last year.
In August, a Kenosha Police Department officer shot Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, leaving him partly paralyzed. The shooting reignited protests that had erupted throughout the United States over the police killings of George Floyd and others. Kyle H. Rittenhouse, a teenager from Illinois, was charged with shooting and killing two people during the demonstrations in Kenosha that followed.
More than 600 mass shootings happened in the United States last year, and this year, and 147 have been reported this year as of April 16, according to the Gun Violence Archive. That organization defines a mass shooting as one in which four or more people are injured or killed, not including the perpetrator.