Who is Bruce Pofahl?
Bruce Pofahl was identified as the shooter who allegedly opened fire at the Oneida Casino and Radisson Hotel and Conference Center near Green Bay, Wisconsin, on the evening of Saturday, May 1, 2020. Two people were killed, along with the gunman, and a third victim was critically injured.
The suspect was a former employee who was fired earlier in 2021 and was barred from entering the property.
Pofahl worked as the restaurant’s food and beverage manager, an Oneida Nation spokesperson said at the press conference. Court records show he lived in an apartment in Hobart, Wisconsin, at the time the restraining order was filed against him.
There are no records of arrests or criminal cases involving Pofahl available in the online Wisconsin public court records database.
How old is Bruce Pofahl?
Bruce Pofahl, a Brown County resident, was 632 years old at the time of his death.
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Delain confirmed at the press conference that the suspect was the target of a restraining order taken out against him by someone who worked at the casino. Delain said he could not go into details of who the suspect was targeting. According to Brown County court records, a 28-year-old woman filed for a restraining order against Pofahl on March 9, 2021. Judicial Court Commissioner Phoebe Mix granted a temporary restraining order that same day.
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The restraining order was filed as being for domestic abuse/harassment. Pofahl was served with the restraining order on March 17.
Delain did not disclose why the suspect was fired by the casino and hotel restaurant. He did not say how long the suspect worked at the restaurant.
Bruce Pofahl Biography, Family
Public records show that Bruce Kimbel Pofahl has lived all over the United States. Along with a Green Bay address, Pofahl has also recently lived in Apopka, Florida, public records seen by Heavy show. Pofahl has also lived in Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon and North Carolina, according to public records.
Pofahl appears to have worked in the hotel and restaurant industry for several years. A 1995 article in the Detroit Jewish News about the restaurant at the Radisson Plaza Hotel there describes Pofahl as the food and beverage manager and executive assistant manager at that time.
The article says Pofahl had worked there for two and a half years.
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According to a 1989 article in The Manitou Messenger, Pofahl and a friend opened a restaurant together in Northfield, Minnesota, that year.
The article describes Pofahl as a graduate of Carleton College, which is located in Northfield.
A 2005 article in the Fort Myers News-Press shows Pofahl was the director of food and beverage at the Noble House Hotels & Restaurant.
Oneida Casino Shooter Bruce Pofahl
Delain said at a press conference on Monday the shooting happened just before 7:30 p.m. in the Duck Creek Restaurant located in the Radisson Hotel part of the Oneida Casino complex. He said there are several large banquet halls at the casino complex.
“A person can travel a significant distance and enter several different rooms within the complex with numerous entrance and exit points,” Delain said.
“On Saturday, during the time period of this incident, there were several hundred people within the complex area, including Oneida Nation employees, hotel guests, restaurant patrons, individuals using the banquet halls, including a wedding celebration and guests of the casino.”
According to Delain, the gunman was armed with a 9mm handgun. He said they are investigating whether he legally owned the gun.
Delain said 75 law enforcement officers and fire and EMS personnel immediately responded from several local departments and agencies.
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Delain said the shooting happened in an area open to the public. The suspect walked into an area where about 50 patrons were. According to police, the suspect shot two people inside the restaurant and then shot a third person outside. The shootings were over in 10 minutes or less, Delain said.
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Delain said officers formed teams to enter the building and locate the threat while others began providing first aid to the victims. “A contact team from the Green Bay Police Department was able to engage and neutralize the suspect,” outside the building on the north side of the complex near a parking garage.
Delain said the suspect was shot by police.
The shooting was in the restaurant area or sports bar. “It’s in the restaurant. Male with hat and glasses,” said an officer.
Oneida Casino Shooting Suspect
Delain said his department will be investigating the shootings at the casino, while a separate agency, the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation will investigate the officer-involved shooting of the suspect.
Delain said about Pofahl, “We know he is a former employee there,” and “was familiar with at least some of the employees” at the restaurant, but they are still trying to figure out the suspect’s motive.
“We know this was not a random act or anything like that,” Delain said. “We believe it was targeted.”
Oneida Casino Shooting Victims
The victims were identified as Ian J. Simpson, 35, Jacob T. Bartel, 32, and Daniel L. Mulligan, 28. Simpson and Bartle were killed and Mulligan is in serious, but stable condition at a Milwaukee hospital. All three victims worked at the casino. A GoFundMe created for Mulligan has raised more than $18,000.
Authorities said it was a “targeted event, not a random shooting. It was targeting a specific victim.”
The target wasn’t there, so the gunman decided to shoot the target’s co-workers and friends, police said at a press conference.