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UPDATE: University Ave shooting suspect arrested in Manitowoc


MADISON (WKOW) – Madison Police Public Information Officer Joel DeSpain said one suspect in the shooting on the 600 block of University Ave has been arrested.

Authorities said the Manitowoc Police Department contacted the Madison Police Department over night after their officers arrested Derek J. Cannon, 22-year-old of Madison.

Officials said Madison police officers drive to Sheboygan to take custody of Cannon.  He was transported to the Dane County Jail where he was booked on tentative charges of First Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety and Bail Jumping.


MADISON (WKOW) -- A friend of one of the victims of a Saturday shooting into a crowd outside two popular Madison nightclubs told 27 News the victim was shot in the head and is fortunate his injury was not serious.

Arlene Kennedy, who has hosted Madison Memorial student athlete Jamar Morris at her home this year, said a bullet grazed Morris' scalp and skull as it passed through. Kennedy told 27 news Morris was with friends in the State Street area that evening and did not know who fired the gunshot.

"He was 100 percent in the wrong place at the wrong time," Kennedy said. "Of all places, Madison, a block from campus should be a safe place."

Authorities say three people were shot and wounded in the incident on University Avenue, but say all three were hospitalized and released. Authorities said more than one person is believed to have fired into the crowd outside Segredo and Johnny O's. Authorities also said a fourth person may have been wounded.

Madison police spokesperson Joel DeSpain said some of Saturday's gunfire near the clubs on University Avenue is visible on surveillance camera video.

DeSpain said police detectives have identified persons of interest in the case, but no arrests have been made.

At a news conference Monday on a solar energy project at a Madison business, Mayor Paul Soglin declined to answer reporter questions on the shooting.

But later Monday, Soglin said addressing problems in challenged neighborhoods would have a trickle down effect on safety in the city's downtown.

Soglin also said those who would cavalierly use gun violence in Madison will pay consequences.

"We are going to win, you are going to lose and you might as well get out of town, or change behavior."

Last week, Soglin and Madison police chief Noble Wray used a news conference to express concerns over rising gun violence in the city.

DeSpain said police patrol protocol involves a heightened officer presence on weekend nights in the area of downtown bars, and said police staffing will be beefed up.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison police now believe more than one gun was fired in the shooting on University Avenue early Saturday morning.

Police released the new information after slowing down surveillance video and talking with witnesses.

So far, the investigation indicates the violence is part of an ongoing dispute between several people. While persons of interest have been identified, no suspects have been arrested.

Officers have identified several people who were present during the incident. Some have been cooperative. Others have not.

Police are still looking for an unidentified injured man who ran from the scene, leaving a trail of blood. MPD would like to identify this man and is asking all witnesses to contact the Madison Area Crime Stoppers line at 266-6014. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for an award of up to $1,000.

The three known victims were treated and released from a local hospital.


MADISON (WKOW) -- A night out in downtown Madison turns dangerous, as a man opens fire on a crowded street. As police search for the shooter, they're struggling with a larger problem in the community.

Madison Police Spokesperson Joel DeSpain says investigators are reviewing surveillance video hoping to find out what triggered the incident and who was involved.

Three people were shot, while standing in the area outside of Segredo Nightclub and Johnny O's Bar on University Avenue. DeSpain says a man fired multiple shots into a crowd of about 100 people, and then fled on foot.

The three victims were hospitalized, but are expected to be OK. Right now, police don't have a motive, or a suspected shooter, partly because the nighttime surveillance video isn't clear and the scene was very crowded.

"The scene after the bullets fly is chaos, people running in all directions, some people almost being struck by cars on University Avenue," says DeSpain.

Recent UW graduate Juanita Davis says she was walking down University Avenue early Saturday morning when she saw what she thinks may have led up to the incident.

"The guy was pinned up, the bouncer had him...and there was another bouncer back here with another guy, and everybody was kind of crowding around," says Davis, "It's kind of scary to think something like this could go down at a time with everyone around and all the families are here for graduation."

The area that police call lower State Street, has been on officers' radar for a while. Police have seen a number of bar fights, but nothing this serious. But it's not just that area, less than two days before the shooting, community leaders met to talk about the prevalence of gun violence in Madison. Officers have received more than 80 gun-related calls since March 1st.

DeSpain says the city needs to work together to put an end to the violence, and he expects city leaders will come together in the next few days to respond.

"We need to get on top of this as a community, we're not going to tolerate this type of thugery and gun violence in this community," says DeSpain.

A man who works at Segredo tells 27 News that violence at the club has gotten worse lately. Just a few weeks ago, employees found a gun that a customer had dropped inside the bar.

The Segredo employee says the nightclub will not be open Saturday night. Officers will be out in full force Saturday night, as they would any other busy graduation weekend near campus.

Police need everyone's help to find the suspect. They ask anyone who saw what happened or has any information to call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at (608) 266-6014.


MADISON (WKOW) -- UW-Madison officials are responding to a shooting that happened near campus, saying it's "horrifying".

According to a statement on the UW's web site, university leaders are "condemning" the incident, which happened early Saturday morning on University Avenue.

A gunman fired into a crowd of about 100 people outside of a bar, hitting at least three people, and then fled on foot.

The 26-year-old woman, 18-year-old man and 23-year-old man, all from Madison, are all expected to be OK.

Dean of Students Lori Berquam says her thoughts go out to the victims and those who may have witnessed the incident.

"I'm horrified by the news of a shooting near our campus," says Berquam. "Madison is generally a safe community and this news is jarring. I'd encourage our campus community to step forward with any information they have available."

The UW had grief counselors available to speak to students or family Saturday afternoon.

Police are working to locate the gunman, described as a black man 20-25 years old, 5'9" to 6 feet tall. They ask anyone with information to call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at (608) 266-6014.

Tonight on 27 News at 6 and 10, Jennifer Kliese will share the latest on the investigation, and tell the story of one witness who saw what may have led up to the incident.


MADISON (WKOW) -- The preliminary investigation into the shooting on the 600 block of University Avenue indicates a gunman fired into a crowd of about 100 people. The suspect then fled on foot.

The suspect is described as a black man between 20 and 25 years old.

The three shooting victims are from Madison, but none of the victims are UW-Madison students. All are expected to be treated and released from the hospital.

There is not a known motive for the shooting at this time. Anyone with information is asked to call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at (608) 266-6014. Callers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a $1,000 reward.


MADISON (WKOW) -- A suspect fired several rounds of gunshots into a crowd on the 600 block of University Avenue about 1:15 a.m. Saturday.

Officers located three victims with non-life threatening injuries.

The victims include a 26-year-old female, an 18-year-old male and a 23-year-old male. The victims were sent to a local hospital for treatment.

The incident remains under investigation.

Stay with WKOW for further information.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Police investigate a drive-by shooting on University Avenue.

The incident happened about 1:00 a.m. Saturday on the 600 block of University Avenue.

According to the Madison Police Department, there are victims in the shooting. They are not releasing any further information at this time.

Stay with WKOW for more information.

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