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Our hearts go out to those affected by the shooting near Carthage

This story was updated at 11:15 a.m. Monday, April 19, 2021

Dear members of the Carthage community,

Our hearts and prayers go out to everyone affected by Sunday morning’s tragic shooting at Somers House Tavern, a few blocks north of campus.

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department reported that three people were killed and three others were taken to area hospitals with serious injuries. According to media reports, authorities have apprehended a suspect, and the Sheriff’s Department assured the community that there is no lingering danger.

A number of Carthage students were present at Somers House that night, but none were injured in the shooting. We are extremely thankful for their safety. 

However, we fully recognize that incidents like this can inflict less visible wounds, in the form of psychological trauma. As we learn which students were at the tavern, Carthage staff members are reaching out to ensure they have the support and counseling they need. Options include:

  • Students may contact the Health and Counseling Center at 262-551-5710 to schedule an appointment to meet with a counselor at Carthage.
  • Campus Pastor Kara Baylor, Debbie Clark, and Cassie Oliver from the Center for Faith and Spirituality are also available for support.
  • LCC K-9 comfort dogs will be on campus from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in Jockey Room A at the Todd Wehr Center.

For the latest updates on support services, see “Student Resources” below.

In light of the tragedy, Provost David Timmerman also announced that final exams for Spring 2021 — originally scheduled to begin Tuesday, April 20 — are now optional. The full email to students is below, under “New Updates.”

Students or family members with questions about Carthage’s response can call 262-551-5800.

The shooting took place shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday at Somers House, 1548 Sheridan Road. Based on the proximity, the Carthage campus was locked down. The lockdown remained in place until approximately 6:30 a.m., when the Kenosha Police Department advised our Office of Public Safety that it could be lifted.

Authorities announced that the suspect will be charged with at least one count of first-degree intentional homicide, “with additional criminal charges to follow pending further investigation.” Anyone with information about the shooting can contact the Sheriff’s Department at 262-605-5100 or provide an anonymous tip to Kenosha County Crime Stoppers at 262-656-7333.

We will continue to keep our community updated. In the meantime, please care for one another as always.

Carthage College


Student Resources

The following resources are available to Carthage students seeking support during this difficult time:

  • Students may contact the Health and Counseling Center at 262-551-5710 to schedule an appointment to meet with a counselor at Carthage.
  • Students may also set up an account with UWill Teletherapy Services, a leading online mental health platform for colleges and universities. Carthage partnered with Uwill earlier this semester. Uwill offers students a secure and convenient way to receive assistance from a licensed counselor in a variety of formats — video, chat, messaging, or phone.
  • Pastor Kara, Debbie Clark, and Cassie Oliver in the Center for Faith and Spirituality are also available to support students during this time. Please feel free to call the CFS at 262-551-5810 or email kbaylor@carthage.edu to schedule an appointment.
  • We also have LCC K-9 comfort dogs scheduled to be on campus for support on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. You can read more in the recent Bridge Story.

New Updates

9:11 p.m. Sunday, April 18 – FINAL EXAMS FOR SPRING 2021 WILL NOT BE REQUIRED

The following email from Provost David Timmerman was sent to all Carthage students, and then forwarded to Carthage faculty and staff.

Dear Carthaginians,

Members of Student Government reached out to President Swallow and me earlier today, urging us to cancel or postpone final exams to give students time to heal from the trauma of the shootings at Somers House early this morning.  These student leaders described the effect on students as catastrophic.

They wisely note that all of us respond to trauma differently and at different rates and described how the killings at Somers House occurred after a year of COVID, social isolation, civil unrest in Kenosha and across our country, and other mass shootings. They also urged the College to pursue healing in concert with one another, as the community that we are together.

I have spoken with faculty leadership and want to assure students that the Carthage faculty stand with you, support you, and wish to engage in the collective healing you have called for.  As such, the following policy for final exams this term is now in effect:

Final exams for Spring 2021 will not be required. The goal is that students can only be helped, not hurt, by taking final exams this term. Students may elect to take the final exam or submit the final project during the regularly scheduled time to improve their grade, or they can elect to take the grade they have earned up to this point without the final exam or project. Their grade cannot be negatively impacted if they choose not to take the final exam for Spring 2021.

Some students may need or want to take the final exam or turn in a final project but are unable at this time due to the trauma they are experiencing. In this case, faculty will work with students to find an alternative time for the exam or to submit their final project.  Some students may wish to work with their faculty members to take a grade of incomplete in a course, allowing them time to complete the course later.

This is by no means a complete list of students who have engaged in this effort, but I do want to thank Jordyn Kaplan (Student Body President), Taylor Mortensen (Speaker of The Senate), Claire Sievert (Outgoing Student Body President), Sareena Volkman (Outgoing Speaker of the Senate), Miles Chubin, Kylie Titus, Angel Garcia,Kayla Raye, Kayle Czischki, Kelsey Spears, Louise Smith, Nathan Henkel, and Tyler Kelly.

Our hearts are broken for those who died this morning, those who were injured, and all those among us deeply traumatized by the shootings. Below is a list of support resources and events. Please help us to make these known to everyone in our community who can benefit from them and participate in them.

  • Students may contact the Health and Counseling Center at 262-551-5710 to schedule an appointment to meet with a counselor at Carthage.
  • Students may also set up an account with UWill Teletherapy Services, a leading online mental health platform for colleges and universities. Carthage partnered with Uwill earlier this semester.   Uwill offers students a secure and convenient way to receive assistance from a licensed counselor in a variety of formats — video, chat, messaging, or phone.
  • Pastor Kara, Debbie Clark, and Cassie Oliver in the Center for Faith and Spirituality are also available to support students during this time. Please feel free to call the CFS at 262-551-5810  or email kbaylor@carthage.edu to schedule an appointment.
  • We also have LCC K-9 comfort dogs scheduled to be on campus for support on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. You can read more in the recent Bridge Story.

With sorrow,
Provost Timmerman


5:11 p.m.

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department has reported that a person of interest in the Somers House shooting has been located and will be criminally charged with one count of first-degree intentional homicide with additional criminal charges to follow pending further investigation. The department stated again that there is no threat to the community at this time. Read the full update from the Sheriff’s Department here


Previous Alert Messages

UPDATE TO CAMPUS COMMUNITY, 7:14 A.M. SUNDAY, APRIL 18, 2021

Dear members of the Carthage community,

We are all shocked and saddened by the shooting that took place early this morning at Somers House Tavern, north of our campus. As you are aware, our campus was on lockdown until 6:20 a.m. this morning. The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department has reported that the shooting was a targeted and isolated incident, and that there is no threat to the community. We urge all members of our community to remain aware and to report any suspicious activity to the Office of Public Safety, 262-551-5911.

We recognize that many of our students may want support during this time. Lydia Zopf, director of Carthage’s Health and Counseling Center, will be available to meet with students individually and in small groups. Lydia will be in the Division of Student Affairs office in the Todd Wehr Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. Students seeking support are welcome to drop by the TWC to meet with Lydia. To schedule a time in advance, or to set up an appointment for another time, students may contact Lydia at lzopf@carthage.edu.

If students or family members have questions about these events, they may call 262-551-5800. 

Additional support will be available throughout today and this week. We will keep you updated on those resources.

Kimberlie L. Goldsberry, PhD
Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students


UPDATE 6:30 A.M.

LOCKDOWN LIFTED. The Carthage campus is no longer on lockdown. At 6:20 a.m., Carthage received notice from local law enforcement that the lockdown can be lifted. Please remain aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious activity to Carthage Public Safety.


UPDATE 6:15 a.m.

NO IMMEDIATE THREAT; CAMPUS REMAINS ON LOCKDOWN. The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department has reported that this morning’s shooting at Somers House Tavern was a targeted and isolated incident, and that there is no immediate threat to the community. The Carthage campus remains on lockdown until further notice from local law enforcement.

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department issued the following media release:

Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department deputies and detectives responded to Somers House Tavern at 1548 Sheridan Road for reports of a shooting that occurred at about 12:42 a.m. Sunday morning. The shooting resulted in three fatalities. Two other gunshot victims were transported to an area hospital with serious injuries.

The suspect has not been located at this time. The suspect was described as a black male over six feet tall wearing a light-colored hooded sweatshirt. This appears to be a targeted ad isolated incident. We do not believe there is a threat to the community at this time. The names, ages, and cities of residents of the victims are still being determined.

Sheridan Road is closed near the scene. We asked that this area be avoided so the Kenosha Sheriff’s Department can continue a proper investigation. The shooting investigation is active and ongoing. Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department needs to rely on the public’s assistance and cooperation when investigating crimes. We ask that anyone with info regarding this incident contact the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department at  262-605-5100 or anonymously to the Kenosha County Crime Stoppers at 262-656-7333.

Sheriff David Beth will be holding a press conference later today. Details of the time and location will be released.


UPDATE 5:27 a.m. 

Carthage staff are available in the Division of Student Affairs office to provide support to students.
Students should contact:
Liz Snider, esnider@carthage.edu, 262-551-5926
Roger Moreano, rmoreano@carthage.edu, 847-421-0638


UPDATE 5:05 a.m.

A shooting occurred at Somers House, a bar north of campus, early Sunday morning. At this time, the Carthage campus is on lockdown. If you are on campus, please shelter in place. All others are urged to stay away from the area. If you must return to campus, please contact Public Safety at 262-551-5911 prior to your arrival and proceed directly to your room. Public Safety is checking the IDs of all who enter campus.

The Kenosha Police Department is investigating. At this time, no additional information is available. We will keep you updated as more information is provided to us by local authorities.

You will see members of the Kenosha Police Department on the Carthage campus. The KPD is currently using the South Lower Lot as a place to talk with witnesses.

Please report any suspicious activity to the Office of Public Safety, 262-551-5911.

The description of the suspect provided by the Kenosha Sheriff’s Department is a black male over 6 feet tall wearing a light-colored hooded sweatshirt. (Note: This is an updated description.)

Our thoughts and prayers are with all who are affected by this incident. We will continue to provide updates to our campus community as we receive them. 


Sunday, April 18, 2021

A shooting occurred north of campus early Sunday morning. At this time campus is on lock-down, and no students should leave or enter the area. If you are returning to campus please contact Public Safety prior to your arrival and proceed directly to your room. We will keep you updated as we have more information.