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2 brothers killed, suspect arrested in shooting outside Kenosha County bar

Victims shot in bar parking lot
Posted at 9:32 AM, Nov 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-25 18:42:46-05

VILLAGE OF TWIN LAKES, WI -- A suspect is in custody following a shooting Friday morning outside a Kenosha County bar that left two brothers dead. 

It happened at Beach Bar at 402 Lake Ave. at about 2 a.m.

The victims have been identified as 31-year-old Kenneth Samuel III and 28-year-old Richard Samuel. They were both from Twin Lakes. 

Village of Twin Lakes Police say when officers arrived they found a 28-year-old man dead in the parking lot behind the bar. He had been shot multiple times. 

His 31-year-old brother was found in the same location with multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to a local hospital where he died several hours later.

"It’s a small town and we’re all disturbed and shocked by it," said Twin Lakes Police Chief Adam Grosz.

He said this kind of crime rarely happens in their community. Many of his officers had just celebrated Thanksgiving with their families when they got the call.

"They dropped everything and came right in," said Grosz.

Witnesses say the shooter, a 25-year-old male from Trevor, fled the scene before officers arrived.

Police tracked his cell phone and found him nearly 200 miles away in Tomah.

"We believe he immediately headed out of town," said Grosz. "We believe he was going to a relative's house in Hayward."

Grosz said charges are expected in the next few days. He also said the relationship between the brothers and the suspect is unclear at this time. 

Witnesses say there was some sort of altercation before the shooting.  

A neighbor across the street heard about six gunshots.

"My front porch windows face the parking lot of the bar," said Tim Mortensen.

He says as an Army veteran, he knew right away that he had heard gunshots.

"I knew something like this was gonna happen sometime but I’ve seen death before being in the service and it’s a shame," said Mortensen.

He's lived in the home for more than 20 years and says he's never had an issue with the bar.

"This is the first time ever in 22 years that I can remember that they’ve ever had any problems," he said.