Months after Kenosha, Wisconsin became the site of violent riots following a police-involved shooting, the city has been rocked by a deadly shooting at a local tavern.
Twenty-four-year-old Rakayo A. Vinson was arrested Sunday over what authorities describe as a trivial dispute that turned into a massacre, leaving three people dead and three injured, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
The shooting unfolded early Sunday morning when Vinson reportedly bumped his shoulder into a group of friends, leading to an altercation at Somers House Tavern.
“Literally over nothing”
The tavern is frequented by college kids from nearby Carthage College and was crowded during Sunday’s carnage.
After the fight started, Vinson allegedly left, then came back with a gun and opened fire, killing three men with whom he was fighting, 22-year-old Kevin T. Donaldson, 24-year-old Cedric D. Gaston, and 26-year-old Atkeem D. Stevenson.
Two of the victims died on the scene, and a third succumbed to his injuries while en route to the hospital in a police car after fleeing the scene with bystanders. Another three men in their 20s were said to have been injured by mistake.
Kenosha’s District Attorney Michael Graveley lamented the trivial cause of the violence. “The current indication was that this was literally over nothing,” he said, according to the Journal Sentinel. “This was literally over a very minor dispute that happens in a busy bar across this country every night that people are out celebrating or socializing.”
“It’s a huge puzzle”
The shooting set off a manhunt 100 strong, the Journal Sentinel reported separately, but finding Vinson turned out to be easier than may have been anticipated.
The suspect fled and stole a car from a relative in his efforts, but was eventually pinned down and arrested after he brought the car back, and the relative called police. He is being held on a $4 million bond, according to the Journal Sentinel.
Graveley told the outlet he will seek three counts of first-degree intentional homicide and three counts of attempted homicide.
Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth, meanwhile, asked for patience as authorities figure out what happened. “Please don’t think we have all the pieces,” he said. “It’s a huge puzzle, an absolutely huge puzzle, and we’re trying to put all the pieces together so we can put our suspect away for the rest of his life.”
There have been 45 mass shootings across the U.S. in the last month, The Hill reports, emboldening President Joe Biden and fellow Democrats to ramp up calls for gun control.