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UPDATE: Victim says Beloit violence sparked by theft attempt

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 MADISON (WKOW) -- One of the victims of deadly violence in Beloit tells 27 News, gunfire erupted in a city park over an attempt to steal a teenager's belt.

Authorities say 20-year old Robert Brandon of Madison was attacked Saturday, but not shot.  Officials say three teenagers were shot, one fatally. He's been identified as 16 year old Jose Carruthers-Paramo of Beloit.

Brandon tells 27 News he narrowly escaped being shot, and was hit in the head with a gun. Brandon says he did not know who his attacker was. Brandon says someone wanted the belt of his cousin, 18-year old Tyrice Somersett. Brandon tells 27 News Somersett is recovering from a gunshot wound.

Mercy Hospital spokesperson Pat Spangler confirms Somersett is a patient, but declines to provide his condition. Beloit police officials have yet to release any names other than Carruthers-Paramo and Brandon.

Beloit Police officials say a 14-year old Beloit girl was also shot in the chest, but was treated at a hospital and released.

Captain Dan Risse says while theft could have been a motive for the violence in Summit Park, he says witnesses have provided different stories to officers. Risse says an investigation continues, with no suspect, or suspected identified.

Carruthers-Paramo's homicide is the sixth homicide in Beloit this year, five of them involving gun violence. Saturday's shooting in Summit Park is the second shooting in the city park in five weeks, with a Janesville man shot and wounded in late June.

Community members plan a vigil at Summit Park Monday night.


UPDATE (WKOW) -- Beloit police release the name of the victim killed in a shooting at Summit Park on Saturday night.

They say 16-year-old Jose Carruthers-Paramo of Beloit was killed.

The second shooting victim's condition has not yet allowed him to be interviewed by police.

Police say the third victim arrived at the hospital later Saturday night. Police say due to her age, she will not be identified beyond a 14-year-old girl from Beloit.

The victim that had been reported injured during the incident has also been identified as 20-year-old Robert Brandon from Madison.

Police say they have interviewed a number of people that were in the park at the time of the shooting, but say circumstances that led up to the incident remain unclear.

Investigators are asking for help in identifying anyone that may have been in the park Saturday night, or anyone that may have information regarding the shooting.

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