Shooting at Wisconsin kills 3, injures 3 more, police say. Suspect opened fire after a fight.

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Source: Kenosha Sheriff's Office; MEGA

Apr. 21 2021, Updated 8:02 a.m. ET

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A man opened fire at a Wisconsin college bar, killing three people and injuring three others, authorities say. 

A 24-year-old man is being charged in connection with the shooting spree. 

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The deceased victims were identified as Cedrick Gaston, 26, Atkeem Stevenson, 26, and Kevin Donaldson, 27,  Kenosha County Sheriff's Department officials revealed in a press conference broadcast by local media.

Rakayo Alandis Vinson, 24, was arrested in connection with the crime.

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The shooting took place early April 18 inside Somers House, a popular bar for students who attend nearby Carthage College. Another exchange of gunfire took place outside in the street, according to the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department. 

A scuffle broke out between Vinson and the three victims around 12:40 a.m. on Sunday. Vinson was kicked out of the bar and he went outside before coming back in and opening fire.

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One of the victim's brothers, Cartier Gaston, said that all three of the men who died were friends, according to CBS Chicago.

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Two of the men who died were shot inside the bar. The third was shot from across the street. He got into a car with a driver who went a few blocks and flagged police down to help him, but the victim later died, according to the sheriff's department. 

Three other men were wounded in the shooting, according to police. They do not believe that wounded men were intended targets.

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Vinson fled to another county after the shooting, and was apprehended when a relative called police and reported Vinson took her car without permission, according to police. 

Authorities said during the press conference that Vinson initially denied having been at the tavern, but then admitted it after detectives said his ID was found at the bar and he was seen on video.

Vinson also admitted that he had a gun and that he was in a fight. 

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When detectives asked Vinson if he was the shooter, police say he stated, “I blacked out and s**t went down.”

He told authorities that nobody had been targeted and that the gun would not be found. It has not yet been located, according to police. 

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“The current indication is that this was literally over nothing,” Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley said during a virtual bond hearing, according to CBS Chicago. “This was literally over a very minor dispute that happens at a busy bar across this country every night when people are out celebrating or socializing.”

Graveley also said this is the fourth time that Vinson was arrested for illegal possession of a firearm in the past 10 years.

Vinson has been charged with one count of first-degree intentional homicide, with more charges possible. His bond has been set at $4 million.

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