RACINE, Wis. — A suspect shot and injured two people during a funeral at Graceland Cemetery in Racine Thursday afternoon, according to police.
Racine police described the shooting as a “critical” incident and urged people to stay away. Police said multiple shots were fired in the direction of the funeral service.
Sgt. Kristi Wilcox said a juvenille was treated and released and a second was flown to a hospital in Milwaukee.
Around an hour after the shooting, a family member who attended the funeral service told TMJ4 News five people had been hit. Racine police said it’s possible not everyone has reported injuries or plans to report minor injuries.
TMJ4 News crews could see at least 12 markers for bullet rounds at the scene of the shooting.
The Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home and Crematory confirms to TMJ4 News that a funeral during that time was for Da’Shontay L. King Sr. The worker at the funeral home said King’s family members were hit. All funeral home staff are OK, they said.
Family previously identified Da’Shontay King Sr. as the man who a Racine police officer shot and killed near 12th and Schiller on March 20. Police said that an officer attempted a traffic stop for a firearms investigation. Police said King got out of the vehicle armed with a firearm. The officer ordered the suspect to stop and comply with commands, but he refused, police said. The officer opened fire. King was pronounced dead at the scene.
The shooting at the cemetery happened around 2:30 pm
A spokesperson for nearby Ascension All Saints Hospital said the hospital is on lockdown.
“The safety of our associates, patients, visitors and providers is our top priority. Due to a situation offsite, increased security measures have been put in place at Ascension All Saints Hospital. Patients are still able to keep previously scheduled appointments and the emergency department is currently accepting patients. However, out of an abundance of caution, the number of open entrances into the hospital has been reduced and additional security screenings have been implemented,” according to Ascension.
The Racine United School District tells us that Park High School was dismissed about 10 minutes later than normal, after law enforcement assured them it was safe to do so.
TMJ4’s Bruce Harrison spoke with a neighbor, who says the gunfire toward the service was so sporadic that it hit playground equipment behind the service at Lockwood Park. He says his son was playing basketball at the park.
We spoke with another neighbor, who lives right across the street. He says the gun violence is out of control in Root.
“When I heard it’s a funeral, I’m thinking, Lord you can’t even go to a funeral anymore. They’re shooting from 120 yards away. Complete disregard,” said Kevin.
Tre Brantley says he was playing basketball near the cemetery when the shooting broke out.
He said he heard bullets whistling past him. Brantley and his brother took off and yelled, “run.”
Racine police are asking anyone with video footage of the incident to email it to Lt. Melby at Chad.firstname.lastname@example.org or Sgt. Koepnick at Justin.email@example.com.
Editor’s Note: TMJ4 News initially reported that 5 people were shot and injured, citing what family members told us at the scene. This report has been updated with information provided by Racine police during a press conference Thursday, that 2 people were shot and injured.
Please avoid the area of Graceland Cemetery due to a critical incident. Thank you!!
— Root Police (@RacinePD) June 2, 2022
At 2:26pm there were multiple shots fired at Graceland Cemetery. There are victims but unknown how many at this time. The scene is still active and being investigated.
We will update you when more details become available.
— Root Police (@RacinePD) June 2, 2022
This is a developing story and will be updated when TMJ4 News learns more.
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