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Madison’s mayor looks to ‘enhance security’ at public events following Shake the Lake shooting


Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway

MADISON (WKOW) — Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway said she would work with police to consider making public events in Madison safer following a Saturday night shooting at Shake the Lake which injured one person.

“It is entirely unacceptable that someone brought a gun to last nights’ Festival Foods Shake the Lake fireworks display, an event enjoyed by thousands of people, including many children,” Rhodes-Conway said in a statement Sunday. “I will be working with the police and other city staff to see what measures can be taken to enhance security at this event and other public events.”

The mayor blamed state-level inaction for making it difficult to respond to events like the shooting. “But our job is made more difficult by a state legislature that advances reckless gun laws and at the same time curtails the rights of cities to take further action.”

Saturday night’s shooting left one person shot without life-threatening injuries. A police officer was also hurt after the shooting but is expected to recover.

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