MPD make arrest in downtown homicide

Dane County Jail Shooting Scene 2

MADISON, Wis. — Madison police say a person of interest taken into custody following Wednesday’s deadly downtown shooting is now considered a suspect.

During a Thursday afternoon press conference, Madison Police Chief Shon Barnes said that the suspect — who has not yet been publicly identified — will likely face a homicide charge tied to the shooting.

Another person of interest taken into custody on Wednesday is being held on a probation/parole violation; police did not say if that individual will face any charges tied to the shooting. Both the suspect and the other person of interest are being held in the Dane County Jail, Barnes said.

Barnes said the victim, a man in his 30s and a lifelong Madison resident, was shot shortly after leaving the jail in the 200 block of South Carol Street. The victim was with a family member at the time; police did not specify if he was a resident of the jail or if he was visiting someone inside.

“We believe this was a premeditated and pre-planned targeted incident,” Barnes said. “We’re still working to determine the motive. It is too early to determine if this is gang-related or not.”


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The shooter fired multiple rounds during the incident, and officers who responded to the scene found more than a dozen shell casings in the area, Barnes said. Officers also recovered a weapon close to the time two persons of interest were taken into custody, but authorities are still working to determine if the weapon was the one used in the shooting.

Barnes went on to say police were able to identify the persons of interest and the vehicle involved thanks to the cooperation of multiple witnesses and footage from several city cameras in and around the area.

“It’s scary, for me, to think that this took place in a very public area where people come to live and simply work,” Barnes said.

Wednesday night, MPD officers escorted some city workers to their vehicles and provided extra patrols near the scene as an added precaution. Barnes said his department plans to do the same Thursday.

Anyone who has other information about the shooting is asked to contact the Madison Police Department at 608-255-2345 or Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

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