3 shot dead at motor racing event in Kenosha

Three men were shot at close range at a motor racing event in southeastern Wisconsin, but no suspects have been arrested in the murders, a sheriff said.

Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth said authorities responded to the Great Lakes Dragaway in Union Grove around 7 p.m. Sunday after receiving reports that shots had been fired.

A man shot the three at close range near a food vendor, Beth said at a news conference on Sunday evening. No suspects were arrested and no one else was injured.

“They have no idea what happened, what caused this,” the sheriff said after receiving a statement from friends of the victims.

Two of the men died at the scene and the third died while being transported to hospital. Beth said at least two of the men were from Aurora, Illinois.

The sheriff encouraged any witnesses to the shooting to contact his department.

“A lot of people may not have wanted to come and talk to the sheriff’s department initially because maybe they were afraid someone would see them,” Beth said. “So hopefully someone who knows what’s going on or has seen what happened will call us, give us more information and help us catch the person who did this.”

The sheriff’s office estimated that more than 5,000 people were on the circuit for an event known as “Larry’s Fun Fest”. The track’s website shows the event included drag racing, tailgating, live entertainment and a car show.

Union Grove is about 25 miles south of Milwaukee.

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