UPDATED Wednesday, March 6, 2013--6:15p.m.
MADISON--Around 9:30 last night police responded to calls of shots fired in the University Houses and Eagle Heights area. Both complexes are university owned and operated."We did detain two individuals at that point, had another individual that fled from officers and after utilizing a canine and officers to be able to search the area approximately two hours later located the third individual that we believe was involved in this situation," said Sgt. Aaron Chapin, of the UW Police Department.
All three were arrested, but they're not releasing their names or any potential charges right now. "We don't believe that there was anybody who is affiliated with the university who was involved in this situation and the investigation is still continuing to try to figure out exactly why this took place where it took place," he said.
Police don't believe anyone was injured and they also don't believe there's any on-going threat to the UW community. But they are encouraging campus community members to follow good safety practices. "To be aware of things that don't look quite right within their community and to report that to police, to be aware of your surroundings," said Sgt. Chapin.
With five shootings in two days this week, we also stopped by the Madison Police Department to ask if they think any of them are related or not; they say it's something they're looking into. "Certainly it's very concerning that we've had these many incidents of gunfire in and around the greater Madison area, to include the UW campus, in just a couple of days," said PIO Joel DeSpain. "Whether or not any two of these or all of these are connected, this is something the investigators are going to be taking a look at."
Police are asking that if you have information about any of these incidents, that you please contact them or Crime stoppers.
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 --- 9:05 a.m.
From the UW-Madison Police Department:
On Tuesday, March 5, there was extensive police activity in the Eagle Heights community in response to gunshots reported around 9:30 p.m. in the University Houses area.
After the shots were fired, UWPD quickly responded along with other local police agencies, sent multiple WiscAlerts with updated information. Before midnight, three suspects were detained and an “all clear” message was sent out. The investigation is continuing.
At this time, UWPD does not believe there is a connection between this incident and anyone living or residing in the University Apartments Community. UWPD also believes that there is no ongoing threat to the community or its members. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
UPDATED: Wednesday March 6, 2013 -- 7:59 a.m.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- University of Wisconsin-Madison police have taken three people into custody after receiving numerous reports of gunfire near a campus housing complex.
Investigators say they found shell casings in the University Houses area after a number of calls came in around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday about the gunshots.
University officials sent out an emergency notification message via email, phones and texts to alert people about a possible armed suspect at the multi-building housing complex.
Copyright 2013 : Associated Press
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 -- 1:28 a.m.
From UW- Madison Police Department
Madison, Wisconsin – At approximately 9:30PM on March 5, 2013,UW Police received a number of calls reporting shots fired in the University Houses area. Police responded and by approximately 9:36PM officers were in contact with some persons of interest.
Two individuals were taken into custody and police began a search for a third person of interest. Wisc Alerts were sent to the campus community at 9:58PM advising of the situation and subsequent alerts contained a description of the person being sought.
Shell casings were found at the scene. The third person of interest was taken into custody at 11:29PM. There have been no reported injuries. An all clear alert was sent at 11:57PM.
UW Police were assisted by the Shorewood Hills, City of Madison, Town of Madison and Monona Police Departments.
The persons of interest appear to have no UW affiliation. The investigation is continuing.
Residents of University Housing are urged to contact UWPD with any information at 608-262-2957.
UPDATED Wednesday, March 6, 2013 -- 12:10a.m.
Latest tweet from UW-Madison Police: WiscAlert: Suspects from the incident near University Houses are in custody. Thank you for your cooperation during the incident
UPDATED Tuesday, March 5, 2013 --- 10:57 p.m.
Latest tweet from UW-Madison Police: WiscAlert-Police looking for Male/Black wearing red & black flannel shirt headed west out of University Houses. Call 264-COPS with any info
Posted Tuesday, March 5, 2013 --- 10:09 p.m.
This is an alert from UW-Madison: WiscAlert: There is a police emergency with a possible armed suspect in the area of Eagle Heights/Univ Houses. Stay away from the area.
Dane Co. Dispatch tells NBC15 News there was a report of 5 shots fired at the address of "10 University Houses". This is near Lake Mendota Drive and the Eagle Heights area.
UW-Madison Police are not releasing any information at this time. There is no information on any possible victims, injuries or suspects yet.