Shooting Not the First for Neighborhood

By: Dana Brueck
By: Dana Brueck

Wednesday's shooting is one of a few high-profile incidents in the Williamson Street area within the past couple of years.

A shooting happened in March of 2004.
Madison police shot and killed a man who held the director of the Red Caboose Day Care Center at knife point.
And, an MPD officer fired at a man suspected of stealing a patrol car and crashing it into a tree. That happened in June of the same year.

Some they're surprised by the incident on Wednesday morning, but they say they still feel safe in the neighborhood.

"It's a very safe neighborhood and everybody watches out for everybody," Williamson Street resident Anitra Bradford says.
"It doesn't really surprise me, but I'm not disturbed by it either," Mike Gray, who works on Williamson Street, says.
"I think one of the issues that Williamson Street has to deal with it is that it is a residential area, it's also a business area and you get a lot of people coming into area that generally don't live here," Madison Police Chief Noble Wray says.
The police chief adds that the area has a neighborhood officer, which usually indicates an area sees a higher number of police calls.
He says pulling that officer has been considered recently, but no determination has been made.


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