Kenosha County residents shook by racetrack shooting
Investigators in Kenosha County are working with authorities in Milwaukee, Chicago and Aurora, Illinois, to try and catch the person who killed three people Sunday night in a gang-related shooting at a racetrack.
It happened Sunday night at the Great Lakes Dragaway in Paris Township.
"We heard all the sirens and we knew it was something big," said Jim James, who lives on a farm right behind the racetrack. His family heard the gunshots.
But James was surprised to hear the sheriff say it was gang violence that was happening right in his backyard.
"Theres never really been a major problem down there," said James. "A few little arguments, but never a shooting or nothing serious."
The sheriff said Howard, Watson and Edwards were standing in line at a concession stand when the suspect ran up and shot them.
"I really think that this is an issue that came from Illinois, moved up here, possibly was connected in Milwaukee," said Beth. "We're going through our resources there."
It's frustrating that violence from nearby cities is creeping into rural Kenosha County, Beth added.
"We have a lot to offer," he said. "The intent was to give people who don't normally come here a chance to have some fun."
Fun is exactly what Tammy Streid says she has at the racetrack all the time with her family.
"It's a great place to go," said Streid. "I take my grandkids there, my kids. We love to watch the racing."
She said Sunday night's shooting won't stop her from going back.
"I back there this week if they're opening," she said.
Beth said the Great Lakes Dragaway never closed after the shooting.
Right now the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department says the suspect is a black man, about 5'9, with a thin, athletic build. His hair is shaved on the sides and long on top.
If you know anything about what happened, you are asked to contact the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department.