Police and city officials meet with residents in Madison's south - WKOW 27: Madison, WI Breaking News, Weather and Sports

Police and city officials meet with residents in Madison's south side after recent shooting

Posted: Updated:
Capt. John Patterson speaking with residents on Madison's south side after recent shooting Capt. John Patterson speaking with residents on Madison's south side after recent shooting

MADISON (WKOW) --- People in a neighborhood on Madison’s south side are looking for answers and accountability after a recent shooting.

John Brown has lived in the area for over three decades.

“It's a great neighborhood. It's the things in the neighborhood that make the difference,” Brown said. “Things like, like drugs or, or alcohol. Things that give people perspective that the community don't matter.”

But a recent shooting in his neighborhood has left him rattled.

“On Monday night just before 5 o'clock, officers responded down on the 1900 block of Beld Street, not far from where we're standing right now, for a report of multiple shots,” said Madison Police Department Capt. John Patterson, commander of the South District.

“I didn't feel this fear when I first come to Madison,” Brown said.

A group of men opened fire on each other. A stray bullet pierced the wall of a nearby house, nearly hitting a child's crib.

“I saw some young guys, a few you know. That's when it escalated into gunshot,” Brown said.

Police and city officials met with community member's Thursday to try to address their fears. They hope to brainstorm with the community to get the best outcome for the neighborhood.

“When a bullet goes through one person's home, I’m hoping it's felt by the entire neighborhood,” Patterson said.

Brown hopes they can come up with a solution before the next shooting occurs.

“I know there's going to be another shooting. But what I don't know is the relief that we took to prevent some of the shootings.”

Patterson said police are increasing foot and mobile patrols in the area. City officials said they are activating funds to help people impacted by violence in our communities.

Powered by Frankly