RACINE, Wisconsin — Five people were shot dead during a memorial service Thursday afternoon, prompting a response from Racine police, which the department described as “catastrophe“ Near Graceland Cemetery.
Officers arrived near the 3500 block of Osbourne Blvd around 2:30 p.m. after gunfire was reported. The police spoke of several victims but did not specify how many people were injured. Deaths are unknown.
WTMJ reports that a suspect shot and killed five people during a funeral for the 37-year-old Da’Shontay L. KingThe man was shot dead by a Racine police officer on May 20. The officer, identified as Zachary B. Brenner, the King while executing a search warrant in a vehicle. King, who police said had a gun, ran out of the car.
According to police, the burner chased King over a fence and a small hill. Brenner ordered King to drop the gun and when he didn’t comply, the officer shot him.
Ascension of All Saints Hospital, located near the cemetery, treats an unknown number of victims of the shooting. The facility was closed “as a precaution” after the shooting. Officials said heightened security measures are now being implemented at the hospital.
Authorities urged residents to avoid the area.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.