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20-year-old man dead after shooting on Madison’s east side

Martha Lane homicide 9-6-2021

MADISON (WKOW) -- Police say a 20-year-old man is dead after a shooting on Madison's east side Monday night and now police are investigating it as a homicide.

The Madison Police Department says officers were called to the 4600 block of Martha Lane around 6:45 p.m. for a report of shots being fired and someone being hurt. When officers arrived, they found a 20-year-old man who had been shot. He was found in a crashed, SUV on nearby Acewood Boulevard.

The 20-year-old was taken to the hospital, where he died.

The Madison Police Department believes the victim was targeted.

Doug Wichern lives near the scene of the shooting and wonders if this was an escalation of a pattern of crime.

"There's drug deals on the street, open drug deals," Wichern says. "One car will pull up and stop, another car will come up, hand off, and they both take off," he says.

Dane County Court records show the fatal shooting victim's crashed SUV has been searched previously by police, in February and August. Records state officers found drugs and at least one hand gun in each of the searches.

Friends of the victim say he's a former LaFollette High School student who played on the school's football team. Dane County's Medical Examiner has yet to publicly identify him.

Wichern says shortly after the gun fire, he confronted two, possible suspects who were jumping fences in the neighborhood's back yards. Wichern says they appeared scared and veered away from homes and over a fence and on to an adjoining strip mall's property.

"I could tell one had a gun in his pocket," Wichern tells 27 News. "When tried to go over the back fence, that got caught up in the fence," Wichern says. "So he jumped back down, shoved the gun back in his pocket and jumped back over."

Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Madison Police Department at 608-255-2345. If you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 266-6014, or, on the web at p3tips.com. Individuals contacting Crime Stoppers can receive up to $1000 in cash rewards for tips that lead to an arrest.