Person fatally shot near Dane Co. Jail marks Madison’s first homicide of 2022

Police chief: Shooting was 'very brazen'

MADISON, Wis. — A man is dead following a shooting near the Dane County Jail Wednesday evening, marking Madison’s first homicide of 2022, the city’s police chief said.

The victim, a man in his 30s, was walking in the 200 block of South Carroll Street around 5:10 p.m. when he was shot multiple times, Police Chief Shon Barnes said. Officers in the area aided the victim, who later died at the hospital.

Police found two people of interest in the case in the area of John Nolen Drive and Rimrock Road; officers have them in custody and are talking to them to try to learn more about the shooting, Barnes said, adding they have not been arrested.

The victim’s name has not been released. Police are still trying to figure out if the incident was targeted.

Police plan to increase patrols in the area in the wake of the shooting.

Carroll Street was closed in the area for several hours while officers processed the scene. Parts of Rimrock Road were also blocked.

Barnes expressed concern that someone would shoot another person in broad daylight in a crowded part of downtown.

“I don’t want to mince words. It is very brazen,” he said. “It’s something that’s very concerning to me and it should be concerning to everyone that someone would do this in the daytime in between the sheriff’s department and the police department.”

The victim’s family is helping police with their investigation as officers try to console them amid their grief, Barnes added.

The police chief praised his officers’ quick actions — the shooting was so close to the downtown police station some officers heard the shots, and officers began chest compressions while waiting for paramedics to arrive.

“I’m very proud of the Madison Police Department today,” he said. “Not only do we have two persons of interest, as I stated before, in custody, but to encounter this ongoing dangerous situation selflessly the way that they did, I’m very proud of the way they operated.”

Witnesses told News 3 Now they saw a man on a stretcher getting chest compressions and a woman screaming for someone to save him. A woman was also seen being taken behind the police tape saying her brother had been shot.

Multiple evidence markers could be seen in the area of the shooting as police continued to process the scene just after 6 p.m.

Police are expected to provide more information about the homicide on Thursday.

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