Shooting at Graceland Cemetery in Racine, police say

Shooting at Graceland Cemetery in Racine, police say

RACINE – Two people were shot at Racine’s Graceland Cemetery Thursday afternoon during a funeral for a man killed by police.

Just before 2:30 p.m., multiple shots were fired at the cemetery, located along the 3600 block of Osborne Boulevard, Racine police said in a tweet.

“There are victims but unknown how many at this time,” police originally said, but later confirmed to the Journal Sentinel that two adults were struck by gunfire. 

The shooting occurred at the interment for Da’Shontay L. King Sr., the man fatally shot by Racine police May 20, King’s sister, Natasha Mullen said.

“We were at the gravesite trying to get prepared to bury him, and bullets started flying everywhere,” she said.

A Racine police officer fatally shot King, 37, during a traffic stop about two weeks ago. Police said they were carrying out a search warrant on a vehicle when King, who they said had a handgun, ran from the car.

The officer, Zachary B. Brenner, then fatally shot King. It’s unclear exactly why Brenner shot King. Racine police said King “took an action” that prompted Brenner to shoot, but the Wisconsin Department of Justice did not mention such an action in a statement.

A FBI agent works at the scene of a shooting Thursday at Graceland Cemetery in Racine. An unknown number of people were shot at the cemetery Thursday afternoon during a funeral for  Da'Shontay L. King Sr. The shooting occurred at the interment for King who was fatally shot by Racine police May 20.

King’s funeral service took place at noon Thursday at the Fellowship of Christian Believers church, 703 Washington Ave., according to his obituary. His interment at the cemetery was to follow.

It was not immediately clear how many people were shot or the extent of their injuries. Preliminary emergency radio traffic indicated that first responders were having a difficult time trying to figure out the number of victims at first.

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