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Milwaukee Casino Shooting Leaves One Injured, One Arrested

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Folks, it’s getting bad out there when you can’t even go to a casino anymore to try to get away from it all.

Early Sunday morning, a 27-year-old man shot his 23-year-old girlfriend after an altercation at Milwaukee’s Potawatomi Bingo Casino according to several television reports (Fox 6, CBS 58, WTMJ 4 among them).  The girlfriend was shot in the leg and taken to Froedtert Hospital, while the boyfriend was arrested.  Then the casino told everyone to leave.  (Here’s a link to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s report about the casino’s Sunday morning re-opening at 9 a.m.)

After all that, the casino itself put out a statement praising its security guards, but of course the patrons who actually were there at the time had different stories.  According to several televised reports, most of the security guards cowered under tables or on the floor, and did not help patrons get out safely, though a few apparently did their best.  And casino workers such as blackjack dealers and cocktail waitresses apparently had no idea what to do, though one security guard apparently told at least one card dealer to “safeguard his chips” according to the various reports.

Look.  I’ve been to Potawatomi Bingo Casino several times.  It’s the closest place to play bingo most nights, and I’ve always viewed it as a safe and even a relaxing place to go.

However, due to these various news reports all basically saying that most of the employees didn’t have any idea how to help the casino patrons in an emergency situation, I will now think twice about going down there.

As one man said in the Journal-Sentinel article linked above, maybe it’s time for Potawatomi to install metal detectors.  (Not so good for people with artificial hips, of course, but can’t that be worked around?)

And maybe — just maybe — Potawatomi should spend some of its profits on training its employees to handle any emergency situation thrown at them, so the reports of so many employees not having any idea what to do — much less most of them abrogating their responsibilities in helping the various patrons of the casino get out safely — will never happen again.


Written by Barb Caffrey

June 16, 2013 at 5:22 pm

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  1. Ugh, why does this stuff keep happening? Also, I like how the safety of the chips was more important than that of the people…


    June 16, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    • Glad to see you, Eurobrat.

      Yeah, isn’t that really odd? That the only thing one of the security guards could think of to say to the worker was, “Safeguard your chips?” And here the casino is proud of the security people — some of them probably *did* help the police and they probably *did* help so there were very few — and very minor — injuries save for the 23-year-old girlfriend of the shooter (she was shot in the leg and is expected to make a full recovery). But my goodness! Why was it that the security guards mostly cowered on the floor, as *many* eyewitness statements have said? (And why, oh why, would the casino be proud of that?)

      Barb Caffrey

      June 16, 2013 at 7:38 pm

      • I’m wondering now if they were armed–and if they were, what does that do for the whole “lots of guns make us safer” argument? Nice to chat with you as well, Barb 🙂


        June 17, 2013 at 7:08 pm

      • I think it obliterates that argument, Eurobrat . . . or at least obviates it. 😉

        The security guards at Potawatomi are not armed, for the most part. (Maybe a few are.) Which is why training them in how to help the patrons is probably the best thing to do for the vast majority of them — there were disabled people still in the casino, no doubt (not as many at 1:30 a.m. as there would be, say, at 1:30 p.m., but still a few), and if all the security guards dropped to the floor, who was helping those folks needing assistance to leave?

        Barb Caffrey

        June 17, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      • Exactly. But they were guarding the chips….


        June 18, 2013 at 9:48 pm

  2. Well, they must have their priorities. 😉

    Barb Caffrey

    June 19, 2013 at 8:16 pm

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