Bruce Pofahl Bio, Wiki
Bruce K. Pofahl was named as the 62-year-old gunman who 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 seriously injured.
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The suspect worked at the Radisson Hotel as a food and beverage manager who was fired earlier in 2021 and was barred from entering the property, Brown County Sheriff Todd Delain said Monday at a press conference.
Delain said Pofahl was a Brown County resident and had limited prior interaction with police. 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. Pofahl has speeding tickets in Virginia and Minnesota on his record, according to public records search conducted by Heavy, but no other known run-ins with police.
According to Delain, the gunman was armed with a 9mm handgun. He said they are investigating whether he legally owned the gun.
Bruce Pofahl Worked in the hotel and restaurant industry most f his lifetime
Pofahl appears to have worked in the hotel and restaurant industry for most of his lifetime. 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.
The Manitou Messenger, Pofahl, and a friend opened a restaurant together in Northfield, Minnesota in 1989 as per a 1989 article. 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, located at the LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort in Naples.
Bruce Pofahl 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.
“On the night incident, the suspect entered the complex on the south side of the building between the casino and restaurant near the banquet halls. He walked to the Duck Creek Kitchen + Bar and walked directly toward the back of the restaurant toward a waiter’s station,” Delain said. “This waiter’s station is open to the public and not an employee-only restricted area. The suspect fatally shot two employees at close range with a 9mm handgun. This occurred with approximately 50 patrons inside the restaurant.”
Pofahl then left the restaurant and made his way outside “to the north side of the complex,” Delain said. He then shot the third victim, who is also a Duck Creek employee, the sheriff said.
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 of the complex on the north side of the building near the parking structure. The lone suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.”
Delain said the suspect was shot by police shortly after he shot the third victim. The entire incident occurred over 10 minutes or less, Delain said.
Scanner traffic said the active shooter was reported at the “Oneida Casino Radisson,” possibly at a wedding. The shooting was in the restaurant area or sports bar, according to the dispatch audio. “It’s in the restaurant. Male with hat and glasses,” said an officer.
He had a Restraining Order
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. The restraining order was filed as being for domestic abuse/harassment. Pofahl was served with the restraining order on March 17.
On March 23, the restraining order was granted after a hearing. The court records show, “injunction w/out firearm restriction for Pofahl, Bruce,” was issued by Judicial Court Commissioner Paul Burke.
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. Delain said firearms are not allowed in the casino, hotel, and restaurant.
When asked by a reporter about why the restraining order did not include a firearm restriction, Delain said, “I don’t get into guessing whether or not, without all the facts, whether or not he should have a firearm. That is something that would be evaluated in the courts and a determination made. That’s not something I’m even going to comment on.”