A man accused of fatally shooting a retired Wisconsin judge kept a “hit list” which included Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and two Governors as his next targets. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers were confirmed by Reuters as the two named on the Wisconsin gunman’s list.
Retired judge John Roemer was found dead on Friday in his home after the local sheriff’s office received a call about “an armed person and two shots fired in a Township of New Lisbon residence,” the Wisconsin Department of Justice said in a statement. The department called the retired judge’s killing a “targeted” attack.
The suspect, Douglas Uhde, was found in the basement of Judge Roemer’s home with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital and a firearm was recovered at the scene.
“Why is a convicted felon in possession of a gun?” MSNBC NatSec Analyst @FrankFigliuzzi on the “targeted” murder of a former WI judge by a suspect who authorities say had a political hit list w/ names including GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell & MI Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. #velshi pic.twitter.com/ytFF2Gt9wU
— Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi) June 5, 2022
A spokesman for Governor Whitmer’s office also confirmed she was on the list, but told Reuters, “While the news reports are deeply troubling, we will not comment further on an ongoing criminal investigation.”
A horror with apocalyptic implications. A man just killed a judge, possibly for personal reasons, and was found to have a hit list including Democratic governors Evers and Whitmer, and also Mitch McConnell, named by Trump as a turncoat and enemy. https://t.co/N5C8E2QhSK
— Rick Perlstein (@rickperlstein) June 5, 2022
“This … does appear to be a targeted act and the individual who is a suspect appears to have had other targets as well,” Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said at a Friday news conference. “It appears to be related to the judicial system.”
MAGA terrorism? Suspect who allegedly killed retired judge had hit list that included Mitch McConnell, Gov. Whitmer: Official https://t.co/xaXmF0bdLd
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) June 4, 2022
Gun safety advocates have been pushing the U.S. government to take stronger measures to curb gun violence after the country’s recent spate of mass shootings, while Republicans continue to ignore calls for stricter regulations and have suggested increasing security at schools and arming teachers instead.
How TF is this not bigger news? 2 days ago, a hit was put out on a retired judge in Wisconsin who was found shot to death in his home. A hit list was found with Mitch McConnell & Gretchen Whitmer’s names. Please tell me again how Gov Whitmer was never in any danger? 🤨🤔🧐🤷♀️
— Corina MacKeen (@corymackeen) June 5, 2022