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MPD: 3 shot, 2 arrested in shooting at Garner Park on Madison’s west side

Police say over 300 people were at Garner Park for recent homicide victim's celebration of life when the gunshots started
Published: Aug. 4, 2020 at 10:02 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Three people were hit by bullets after gunmen opened fire on a crowd of over 300 people attending a memorial event at Garner Park for a recent homicide victim Tuesday.

According to the Madison Police Department, officers were monitoring a celebration of the life of Maurice Bowman, a recent homicide victim, when the shooting erupted just after 9 p.m. Police estimate a crowd of over 300 had gathered at a pavilion at Garner Park off of Mineral Point Road for the memorial event.

A police incident report found that “men, women, and children were seen fleeing from the gunfire,” when the shots were heard coming from the park and the park’s pavilion.

Three gunshot victims arrived to local hospitals to be treated, and two others received injuries police said were “not related to the shooting.” All are expected to be okay.

Officers at the scene said they found a total of 63 spent shell casings, including cases from an AK-47, and from a handgun. Two guns were also recovered from Garner Park.

During a press conference the day after, Madison Police Chief Vic Wahl determined that the shooting was not random. The chief described the incident as the latest incident as gun violence continues spiral upwards in Madison area. In July, MPD counted 50 shots fired calls, and 11 people struck by bullets, according to the chief.

MPD spokesperson Joel DeSpain told reporters that a DJ was playing music on the second level of the pavilion. DeSpain said that the shooters approached under the cover of the night and opened fire on the memorial attendees. MPD officers who were nearby also reported seeing muzzle-flashes from the pavilion - suggesting attendees opened fire in return.

One of the guns found at the scene
One of the guns found at the scene(Madison Police Department)

In an updated incident report Wednesday, MPD identified the two people who were arrested, but at this time are not connected to the shooting. MPD identified them as:

-- Jumanji E. Bridges, age 23, Fitchburg, was taken into custody for possession firearm by felon, resisting/obstructing, and possession of THC

-- Emmanuel F. Hunter, age 24, Madison was arrested for a probation violation and for extradition.

MPD continued that the people injured include a 24-year-old man who was shot in the leg; a 40-year-old woman who was also shot in the leg; and a 32-year-old man who was shot in the foot.

MPD adds that a 21-year-old woman reportedly suffered a graze wound to her back, but did not seek medical help right away nor did she want to talk to MPD. Another man injured his hand after falling on some rocks, police say.

If anyone has information on this incident, you’re encouraged to call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014, or on the web at P3Tips.com.

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