Gunman opens fire at Wisconsin cemetery during funeral for man killed by cops

Multiple shots rang out at a Racine, Wisconsin, cemetery Thursday, wounding two people during a funeral for a man who was fatally shot by Racine police last month.

“Please avoid the area of Graceland Cemetery due to a critical incident,” Racine police tweeted just before 1:00 p.m. on Thursday.

An hour later, Racine PD followed up the tweet with: “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.”

Mourners were gathered at Graceland Cemetery for the internment of Da’Shontay L. King Sr., who died May 20 after being fatally shot by Racine police during a traffic stop, the Associated Press reported.

“We were at the gravesite trying to get prepared to bury him, and bullets started flying everywhere,” King’s sister, Natasha Mullen, said.

Video has emerged of the moment the shooting began. Rapid gunfire can be heard, along with screams for help as attendees hit the grass for cover.

WARNING: Graphic and Disturbing

In a video statement, Racine Mayor Cory Mason said, “It is a new low to see people being shot at as they are trying to bury their loved one in a cemetery. This can not become normal. We have got to stop the violence. We have got to do something about the gun violence in our community.”

The mayor said that he had spoken to both the attorney general and Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers to request additional resources.

As of Thursday night, Mayor Mason instructed police to enforce Racine’s 11 p.m. juvenile curfew through the weekend.

An undisclosed number of victims from the shooting were transported to nearby Ascension All Saints Hospital, which, “out of an abundance of caution” temporarily went on lockdown. According to Sgt. Kristi Wilcox, at least one juvenile was treated and released and another person was flown to a Milwaukee hospital, about 30 miles north of the scene.

The victim who was flown to Milwaukee is in stable condition, family members told local ABC affiliate WISN.

“I heard it was mass chaos here,” Wilcox said. “I know we got multiple 911 calls that people were shot.”

Tre Brantley heard the gunfire and estimated more than 20 shots rang out.

“Accurately, 20 to 30, I would say,” he told WISN. “It was a lot. The one initial one and then gunfire. It was terrifying.”

“Within 30 seconds, we were all running off the court,” Brantley continued. “We didn’t stop to grab any of our stuff. We didn’t stop to talk about it.”

“Honestly, it’s sad,” said Racine resident Ernie Stickles. “It really is. The way Racine was when I was growing up, nobody caused any problems.”

“Right now, we’re asking for calm and no retaliation of any kind,” Sgt. Wilcox said. “This city has seen enough right now.”

The investigation is ongoing and no suspects are currently in custody.


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