MADISON (WKOW)-- A 26-year-old man is dead after a disturbance at an apartment in the 1400 block of Trailsway Street on Madison's north side.
According to police, officers responded around 12:47 AM Saturday to an apartment at 1404 Trailsway Street. Police Chief Mike Koval says officers found the victim and attempted to resuscitate him but he died at the scene. The victim's name has not been released.
Chief Koval says they are awaiting results of an autopsy to determine the extent of the victim's injuries.
“The scene was very chaotic,” Chief Koval said. “There are a lot of forensic concerns in and of themselves that lend themselves to varying interpretations as to the cause of death.”
The Chief says have not made an arrest, but several witness have been interviewed.
“We believe that we have some good leads that we'll follow up and will hopefully conclude in the arrest of someone,” Chief Koval said.
A woman, who did not want to be identified, lives in an apartment in the same building where the man was killed. She says she placed the 911 call.
“When I heard all that rumbling and bumping and stuff like that and I said well something ain't right,” she said. “I heard another girl upstairs saying, 'He's shot, he's shot. He's hurt, he's hurt.'”
Police have not confirmed that the victim was shot.
Chief Koval says this is a party gone wrong and is an isolated incident.
“These people were known to one another,” Chief Koval said. “It was a party, after all, that brought them all together. So this is not an instance where the public ought to be concerned about random acts of violence being perpetrated on strangers. That is not the case here.”
The woman who called 911 says she watched the events play out from her first floor window. She says she's lived in this apartment for more than a year and her upstairs neighbors are typically quiet, and last night now has her very shaken up.
“It just kinda frightened me,” she said.
Kathlean Wolf, who lives in the building next door, says this is a typically quiet and friendly block.
“My favorite thing about this neighborhood is there's all kinds of people, it's really diverse and so it's really sad something like this happened here,” said Wolf said.
And Chief Koval agrees
“This address and this neighborhood in an of itself, has not really been on our radar screen as a problematic or challenging address,” Chief Koval said.
Though this is not a random act of violence, Chief Koval says it is disheartening that the first homicide of 2015 occurred less than two weeks in to the new year.