Sheriff: Slaying of 3 Illinois men at Wisc. track may be gang-related

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UNION GROVE, Wis. — Sheriff’s officials investigating the fatal shooting of three Illinois men at a southern Wisconsin race track say the slayings may have been gang related.

Kenosha County sheriff’s Sgt. Mark Malecki said Monday the victims were known gang members from the Aurora area. He says the assailant shot them at point-blank range at the Great Lakes Dragaway near Union Grove Sunday night.

Malecki says investigators are looking into the possibility that the shooter is from a rival gang.

The shootings happened near a concession stand in a parking lot. As many as 5,000 people had gathered at the speedway for Larry’s Fun Fest, a car show and drag race. The track’s website shows the event included drag racing, tailgating, live entertainment and a car show.

Two of the men died at the scene and the third died on the way to the hospital.

Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth said authorities responded to the racetrack around 7 p.m. Sunday after receiving reports that shots had been fired.

No suspects have been arrested and no one else was injured.

Sunday night, after talking to friends of the victims, Beth said that “they have no idea what happened, what caused this.”

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

“A lot of people may not have wanted to come up and talk to the sheriff’s department initially because maybe they were afraid someone was going to see them,” Beth said. “So what I’m hoping happens is someone who knows what’s going on or saw what happened will call us, give us more information and help us catch the individual who did this.”

Union Grove is about 25 miles south of Milwaukee.


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