‘Who else wants it?’ Man accused in shelter shooting threatened others

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MADISON, Wis. — A man threatened to hurt others after he shot someone multiple times inside a Madison homeless shelter this week, according to court documents filed on Tuesday.

A criminal complaint charges Ronald E. Stephens, 23, with attempted first-degree intentional homicide. A warrant has since been issued for his arrest.

Officers were dispatched to the temporary men’s shelter located at 200 North First Street at 7:48 p.m. on Monday for reports of shots fired.

Shelter staff provided police with security video showing the shooting. Some audio was also captured in the recording.

According to the complaint, at 7:47 p.m. you see Stephens holding a gun while coming down the stairs near the shelter’s bathrooms. You also see and hear the victim challenging him over the gun, saying partially, “you ain’t scaring nobody…”

Stephens then points the gun at the other man’s chest and fires at a close range, according to the complaint. The victim is seen turning away and stumbling down the stairs. Police said Stephens shot him two more times before leaving the facility through a staff door facing East Johnson Street.

A staff member told police she saw Stephens shoot the victim. She also said she was in shock and heard him say “Who else wants it? Anybody else could get it.”

The facility manager told police he heard an argument near the bathroom of the building where the victim was found. He also reported hearing a “bam, bam, bam,” the complaint said.

Police noticed a gunshot wound to the victim’s chest and a graze wound to his torso.

Doctors said the man had a “popped” left lung and two bullets inside of him. Doctors mentioned the bullets would be able to remain in the man’s body unless they caused him problems.

According to the complaint, one bullet hit the man’s chest below his heart and another hit his right thumb, traveling up his arm before stopping in his right flank.

It’s unclear how the victim was doing as of Wednesday morning. He was only identified by his initials in the criminal complaint.

Officers are still searching for Stephens as of Wednesday. Police previously said he should be considered armed and dangerous.