MADISON (WKOW)— A neighborhood is in shock after a man stabbed three people, killing two, before being shot by police. The suspect later died from his injuries.
Investigators spent Saturday canvassing the neighborhood at the 2600 block of East Washington Avenue.
“They're talking to everybody, going door to door, just trying to get a feel for if people knew them, what they heard, if there's anything they witnessed, that sort of thing,” said Jessica, a neighbor who did not want to share her last name.
Jessica says she works nights and was a sleep during the stabbing, but awoke to dozens of police cars on her block.
“I don't know how to feel,” Jessica said. “I just think it's a tragedy.”
Even as residents deal with the shock of Fridays double homicide, they say they still feel safe in their East-side neighborhood.
“I know a lot of the people that live around me, I've lived around here for a while and most people are fairly friendly,” said Mary Beth Schmidtt, another neighbor.
Schmidtt says she walks her dog around the block and never feels unsafe. She says the occupants of the building where the stabbing occurred seem to change frequently.
And she didn’t know the victims or suspect who lived in the apartments.
“It's pretty awful but it doesn't particularly make me scared to be in the neighborhood because I haven't had any problems personally,” Schmidtt said.
“I've lived in this neighborhood literally my entire life and over the years there's been more crime than other years, but I do think it's a little extreme for Madison,” Jessica said. “It's a sad situation.”
Jessica says people may be a little more guarded for a while but she thinks the neighborhood will remain a friendly place.
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