Man accused in Fitchburg shooting charged with attempted homicide

FITCHBURG, Wis. — A Fitchburg man accused of shooting at another man while the two were next to each other near an intersection was charged Wednesday.

Fitchburg police officers were sent to the intersection of McKee Road and Commerce Park Drive at around 2:40 a.m. Saturday for reports of shots fired. Multiple shell casings were found at the scene, and officers were sent to a nearby gas station.

A man at the station said he had encountered a person, later identified as Dwayne Pickens, 34, of Fitchburg, at another gas station. The man reportedly had a previous feud with Pickens and drove away. Pickens then pulled up alongside the man and allegedly opened fire. One round struck the man’s vehicle, and he reportedly shot back at Pickens before fleeing the area.

Pickens was arrested on Monday without incident, and a search of his apartment reportedly uncovered a gun and ammunition. Pickens was out on bail at the time of the alleged incident.

Online court records show that Pickens was charged with one count of attempted first-degree intentional homicide, one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and two counts of felony bail jumping.

During an initial appearance Wednesday, Pickens’ bond was set at $100,000.