Arrest warrants filed for Madison brothers stemming from October 2021 shooting

MADISON, Wis. — Arrest warrants have been filed for two brothers in connection to an October 2021 shooting at a Madison gas station.

Lavar Reed, Jr., 26, faces charges of attempted first-degree intentional homicide as a party to a crime involving the use of a dangerous weapon and armed robbery as a party to a crime. His brother, Varshon Reed, 24, faces a charge of armed robbery as a party to a crime.

According to a criminal complaint filed Thursday, the victim believed he was meeting with Varshon Reed for a marijuana purchase at South Few Street and Williamson Street when he said someone else got into his vehicle. At first, the victim believed the person who got in the vehicle was Varshon Reed, but the complaint said it turned out to be Lavar Reed.

After the victim drove to a nearby Amoco gas station on Williamson Street, the elder brother pulled out a gun and he and the victim struggled over it. It was at that point Lavar Reed shot the victim and took the marijuana, the complaint said.

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Phone records put Lavar Reed in the area of the shooting at the time it happened and put Varshon Reed in Chicago that evening and night.

According to the complaint, Lavar Reed denied being involved in the shooting but did not provide an alibi as to where he was and could not explain why his phone was in the area.