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UPDATE: BP gas station shooting suspect pleads not guilty

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- The man charged in connection to shooting four people at a gas station on East Washington Ave back in February pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

22-year-old Christopher Somerset was charged back on April 5th with first degree recklessly endangering safety, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

The February 19th shooting incident happened following a spat at a Beaver Dam night club, where fights broke out, and guns were drawn.

Authorities say the spat culminated with nearly seventy people at the East Washington BP gas station, where four people were shot.

The man Somersett is accused of shooting, survived as did the other victims.

Somersett is expected to back in court soon, though no court date has been set.


MADISON (WKOW) -- A second man is charged in connection with the shooting of four people at a Madison gas station, but he does not face an attempted homicide charge.

22-year old Christopher Somersett appeared in Dane County court Tuesday on charges of first degree reckless endangering, and felon in possession of a firearm.  A court commissioner set his bail at $150,000.

Authorities say danger began Feb. 18 at a Beaver Dam night club, where fights broke out, and guns were taken out.  They say some of those involved in that friction in Dodge County ended up at the BP gas station at 4222 East Washington Ave. around 3 a.m. Feb. 19.  Investigators say Somersett was among as as many as seventy people at the gas station.

Authorities say Somersett was one of two men to open fire.  "There were eleven bullets found on scene,"  special prosecutor Renee Roenicke says.  "This defendant shot an individual twice, cleared his gun, then shot it again."

Authorities say the other shooting suspect, 28-year old Claude Knight, provided the information about Somersett, but they also say evidence on the scene corroborates Knight's story.  Knight is also jailed on $150,000 bail.

Court records say the man Somersett is accused of shooting had a bullet lodged in his collarbone, but survive, as did the three other shooting victims.

Records also show a man who was the present at the time of the gas station shooting, previously had been accused by 2016 murder victim Darius Haynes of following Haynes prior to Haynes' fatal shooting.  No one has been charged in the Haynes' killing."

At the time of his arrest, Somersett faced a tentative charge of attempted first degree intentional homicide.

Authorities indicate Somersett may have acted in retaliation for harm done to his brother.


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