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Investigation continues into Potawatomi Casino shooting

Police squad car graphic.
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MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Milwaukee Police continue to investigate a shooting incident on the main gambling floor of the Potawatomi Bingo Casino early Sunday.

Police said a 27-year-old Wauwatosa man is being referred to prosecutors for charges, after he allegedly fired a handgun and wounded a 23-year-old Milwaukee woman. It happened around 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

Media reports said there were two waves of frightened players who scrambled to the exits – while other gamblers found cover under blackjack tables and near slot machines.

Police said the shooter and the victim fought with each other before the shootings. Witnesses said two to three shots were fired.

There was a report that players helped wrestle the gun away from the man.

Police said the woman suffered a non-life-threatening leg wound.

Casino spokesman Ryan Amundson said it was the first shooting he could remember inside the building.

An armed robbery occurred there in 2011 – and sometime after that, shots had been fired outside the casino, which is located between Milwaukee’s downtown and Miller Park baseball stadium.