UPDATED Thursday, June 7, 2012 --- 9:15 a.m.
From the Madison Police Department:
Madison Police Department detectives, acting on a tip, traveled to the Chicago area Wednesday with hopes of apprehending Mr. Darrion D. Brown, age 20, Fitchburg on a tentative charge of Attempted Homicide.
Working in concert with Cook County Sheriff’s Department detectives, a search warrant was executed around 6:00 p.m. on a Dolton, Illinois residence.
Dolton is a community between Chicago and Gary, Indiana.
Mr. Brown was taken into custody without incident and a handgun was recovered.
The MPD would like to publicly thank the Manitowoc Police Department, the Two Rivers Police Department, and the Cook County Sheriff’s Department for assistance this past week in the apprehension of two suspects in the University Ave. gun violence.
As mentioned in an earlier release, Mr. Derek J. Cannon, age 22, Madison, is now in the Dane County Jail.
Mr. Brown is behind bars in Cook County facing extradition back to Wisconsin.
UPDATED Saturday, June 2, 2012 --- 12:10 p.m.
One of the two suspects wanted for the downtown Madison shooting (that occurred on May 19) is now in custody.
Here is the update from the Madison Police Department:
The Manitowoc Police Department contacted the Madison Police Department overnight after their officers arrested Mr. Derek J. Cannon, age 22, Madison.
MPD officers drove to Sheboygan to take custody of Mr. Cannon.
He was transported to the Dane County Jail where he was booked on tentative charges of First Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety and Bail Jumping.
Police continue to look for Darrion Brown.
UPDATED Thursday, May 24, 2012 --- 2:11 p.m.
Update from the Madison Police Department:
The detective team working the University Ave. attempted homicide case has probable cause to arrest a second suspected shooter. He is identified as Mr. Derek J. Cannon, age 22, Madison. Mr. Cannon is facing a tentative charge of 1st Degree Reckless Endangering Safety. Mr. Cannon is at large and should also be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone seeing him should call 911.
In other case developments, officers, detectives, and SWAT team members executed two search warrants on residences in the 2300 block of Columbus Lane overnight. Two people were arrested. A significant quantity of marijuana, 3 guns, and a large sum of money were seized.
Arrested were Mr. Michael P. McQueen, age 23, Madison, and his brother, Mr. Christopher J. McQueen, age 21, Madison. Both were tentatively charged with obstructing the University Ave. investigation.
The gun violence on University Ave. is one of the latest incidents in a citywide trend involving reports of shots fired. The MPD is committed to eradicating this criminal behavior. To that end, there have been numerous arrests since the uptick in weapons offenses began in March.
More than one dozen arrests have been made, including apprehensions for gun violence that took place on Park Edge Dr., Brentwood Parkway, N. Oak St., and Darbo Drive (see Incident Reports #s 2012-100502, 2012-116879, 2012-109956, and 2012-130772).
The MPD has also identified, but not yet charged, suspects in other recent gun cases. This includes the May 11th shooting at Penn Park where probable cause is now being developed on four individuals.
In the pursuit of further deterrence, detectives assigned to several recent gun cases are exploring the option of having a number of suspects charged in the federal system where penalties for felons possessing firearms are stringent.
The MPD is appreciative of the community’s assistance in helping quell gun violence, and officers are currently seeking your help in locating the two named suspects in the University Ave. case.
Again, anyone seeing Mr. Derek Cannon, or Mr. Darrion Brown (for information on Mr. Brown read update below) should call 911. Those with information on their whereabouts should call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 266-6014. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward.
UPDATED Wednesday, May 23, 2012 --- 5:25 p.m.
Saturday Kristina McQueen was entertaining relatives from Davenport, Iowa. It was her cousin's birthday and she wanted to show them a good time and the city. They got downtown a few minutes before 1AM and parked in a ramp on Frances Street about a block north of University Ave.
McQueen was coming around the corner when she looked up the block and saw a large crowd gathering in front of Segredos and Johnny O's. But she didn't find that unusual.
She says, " There's always people hanging out loitering, waiting for people to come out of the bars in that area."
When McQueen got to her destination she could tell something was wrong. That's when she approached the gunman, who police have identified at Darrion Brown.
McQueen says, " When I approached the gentleman I kept calling his name. I'm sure, like how I am now, I was moving my hands, calling his name like what's going on, what happened? "
McQueen says Brown didn't respond to her questions. Moments later Brown took his first shot. Kristina was looking at Brown when the first shot was fired. After that she took off running. McQueen was eventually shot in the back near her right shoulder.
" I felt like warmth and kind of tingly. But at the same time with anxiety of like running and knowing that a gun had been shot I kind of figured that it was like me being anxious. "
She says she doesn't know if there was another shooter. But she did say she heard about five to six shots.
McQueen says she knows Brown. Just about a month ago he paid for her to get into a Madison night club. According to Brown's myspace page he's from Chicago and he went to Madison Memorial High School.
Police say he could be driving a gold colored 2001 Mercury Sable 4-door with Wisconsin license plate 969-TLW. He should be considered armed and dangerous.
UPDATED Wednesday, May 23, 2012 --- 1:52 p.m.
UPDATE from the Madison Police Department.
The detective team investigating the gun violence that occurred in the 600 block of University Ave. now has probable cause to arrest Mr. Darrion D. Brown, age 20, Fitchburg on a tentative charge of Attempted Homicide.
Mr. Brown could be driving a gold colored 2001 Mercury Sable 4-door with Wisconsin license plate 969-TLW.
Mr. Brown should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone seeing him should call 911. Citizens with information on his whereabouts, or other details of this case, are also urged to contact Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 266-6014. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward.
UPDATED Monday, May 21, 2012 --- 9:25 a.m.
From the Madison Police Department:
In slowing down surveillance video, and talking with witnesses, detectives now believe there were multiple guns present during the violence that took place in the 600 block of University Ave.
They are still trying to determine how many weapons were fired, but it is believed it was more than one gun.
The investigation, thus far, indicates this gun violence is part of an ongoing dispute between many people. Several persons of interest have been identified, but no suspects have yet been arrested.
Officers have also identified many of the people who were present when the gunfire occurred. Some of these individuals have been cooperative while others have not been overly helpful.
It is still believed an unidentified injured man fled the area, leaving a blood trail. The MPD would like to identify this person, and is also urging all witnesses to contact the Madison Area Crime Stoppers line at 266-6014. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward.
The 3 known victims were all treated and released from a hospital.
The MPD does not identify crime victims unless they are arrested for a crime.
UPDATED Sunday, May 20, 2012 --- 5:52 p.m.
Madison city officials are working on a plan to tackle the growing trend of gun violence after Friday night's shooting, which left three people injured.
“We sort of rang the bell this week about the level of concern that our department has with weapons violations that's been going on in the community. If that was not a wake up call, this certainly is for every one,” said Madison Police spokesperson Joel DeSpain.
Mayor Paul Soglin says the recent incidents of gun violence seen around town are derived from a handful of neighborhoods in the area.
“The problem really originates in about half a dozen critical Madison neighborhoods,” said Soglin.
The mayor is proposing to double the funding for more officers on the street as a part of the Downtown Safety Initiative. He wants to go from the original $50,000 dollars to $100,000 dollars.
City Alder Mike Verveer tells us the money would be used to pay police officers to work overtime in the downtown area on weekends.
“This is for a very specific activities, getting officers out at critical times, and at critical neighborhoods and critical times at night,” said Soglin.
Soglin also says he is now looking to implement a greater enforcement of the existing loitering laws around bars in the downtown area. But he says they'll have to do it without violating the constitutional right to assemble.
Some bar owners near Friday's shooting agree with the mayor and believe cracking down on loitering would cut down on problems resulting from the large crowds gathering outside the bars.
The mayor says they won't be able to solve the problem overnight, but will over time with the joint help of the city, police and community.
“We are going to have to work very hard and diligently with the neighbors in terms of establishing community values and standards regarding violence and unacceptability of people going around illegally with a fire arm,” said Soglin.
UPDATED: Saturday, May 19, 2012 --- 5:47p.m.
NBC15 has learned: A Madison Memorial HS athlete, Jamar Morris, was injured in last night's shooting. A source tells us he was grazed by a bullet and is reportedly doing fine.
UPDATED: Saturday, May 19, 2012 --- 5:21p.m.
Information from Alder Mike Verveer:
Verveer and Mayor Paul Soglin just met with the owners of Segredo and Johnny O's on Wednesday to discuss the heightened violence on the block.
Verveer also tells us Mayor Soglin is working to double the amount of money for the downtown safety initiative. It allows officers to volunteer to work on weekends downtown for overtime pay. Soglin is asking for $100,000. The city council is yet to vote on the amendment.
UPDATED: Saturday, May 19, 2012 --- 4:04p.m.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Three people were shot outside bars near the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, but their injuries are not life threatening.
According to Madison police, a gunman fired into a crowd of approximately 100 people and then ran away at about 1:15 a.m. Saturday.
The victims were a 26-year-old woman, an 18-year-old man and a 23-year-old man, all from Madison. None were UW-Madison students. All were expected to be treated and released from a hospital.
Police say they do not yet know a motive for the shooting.
Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.
UPDATED: Saturday, May 19, 2012 -- 10:59 a.m.
University leaders are condemning a serious act of violence that took place early Saturday, May 19 close to the UW-Madison campus.
A gunman fired into a crowd of approximately 100 people near bar on the 600 block of University Avenue, and then fled on foot.
At least three victims were struck: A 26-year old woman from Madison, a 18-year old man from Madison, and a 23-year old man from Madison. None of the victims are UW-Madison students. All are expected to be treated and released from a hospital.
“I’m horrified by the news of a shooting near our campus,” says Berquam. “Madison is generally a safe community and this news is jarring. I’d encourage our campus community to step forward with any information they have available.”
“Lastly, my thoughts go out to those injured in this incident, and I also understand that many students may have been affected as witnesses. I’d encourage you to seek support from University Health Services today, if needed.”
Berquam and University Health Services counselors will be available to speak to students or family members who would like to discuss the incident at noon today (Saturday, May 19) in the On Wisconsin Room of the Red Gym. In general, the university provides support to students and members of its community in difficult situations.
If you are having difficulty, your reaction is normal as events such as this can overwhelm your natural ability to cope. You may now be experiencing, or may experience later, some strong physical, cognitive, emotional, or behavioral reactions. Learn more about these reactions and coping tactics.
The suspect is described as a male, black man 20-25 years old, who is 5-feet, 9-inches to 6-feet tall. There is no known motive for the shooting at this time, and anyone with information is asked to call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at (608) 266-6014. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward.
For assistance with urgent mental health concerns, 24-hour crisis intervention services are available to UW–Madison students, and to others concerned about a UW–Madison student, by calling 608-265-5600 (select option 9).
UPDATED: Saturday, May 19, 2012 -- 7:38 a.m.
UPDATE from the Madison Police Department:
05/19/2012 - 1:15 AM
600 University Av
Male, black, 20-25 years old, 5'9" to 6'.
26-year-old woman from Madison, 18-year-old man from Madison, and a 23-year-old man from Madison.
The preliminary investigation indicates the gunman fired into a crowd of approximately 100 people, and then fled on foot. At least 3 victims were struck: A 26-year old woman from Madison, a 18-year old man from Madison, and a 23-year old man from Madison. None of the victims are UW-Madison students. All are expected to be treated and released from a hospital. There is no known motive for the shooting at this time, and anyone with information is asked to call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 266-6014. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward.
UPDATED Saturday, May 19, 2012 -- 5:10 a.m.
Madison police are investigating an overnight shooting that occurred outside a bar in downtown Madison.
According to a media release posted on the Madison Police Department's website, three people sustained non-life threatening wounds.
Police have classified the shooting as an attempted homicide.
The shooting occurred at approximately 1:15 a.m. along the 600 block of University Avenue, near the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.
According to Police, several rounds were fired into a crowd. Officers located three victims who had sustained non-life threatening wounds. The victims were transported to a local hospital for treatment.
No arrests have been made.
A witness told NBC15 News it sounded like fireworks going off.
Stay with NBC15.com for continuing coverage on this overnight developing news.
UPDATED Saturday, May 19, 2012 -- 3:52 a.m.
05/19/2012 - 1:15 AM
600 University Av
A 26-year-old female, an 18-year-old male, and a 23-year-old male.
Suspect fired several rounds into a crowd in the 600 block of University Ave.
Officers located three victims who had sustained non-life-threatening wounds.
Victims were conveyed to a local hospital for treatment.
Posted: Saturday, May 19, 2012 -- 3:07 a.m.
Madison police are investigating after at least one person was shot outside a bar in downtown Madison.
It happened around 1 a.m. Witnesses at the scene say they heard multiple gunshots, and reported seeing a woman being taken to the hospital.
The Madison Police Department has confirmed the shooting but is not providing any other details at this time.
We'll have more information on this story as soon as it becomes available.