One arrested after shooting at Middleton business
MIDDLETON, Wis. (WMTV) - A woman was taken into custody Monday after a man was shot during a dispute at a Middleton business.
Middleton Police Chief Troy Hellenbrand said the report of a shooting came in just after 1:30 p.m. Monday at MSI Auto. Officers arrived to find a victim in the parking lot with a gunshot wound and he was taken to a hospital. Police have not indicated what the person’s condition was.
After the shooting, Chief Hellenbrand said officers were following up with any leads they received with information on the suspect and the incident. Police stated in a news release that the suspect had escaped from the scene of the shooting in a vehicle and was arrested just after 3 p.m. in Madison. Her identity was not revealed.
Hellenbrand said they do not feel that there is any threat to the greater community.
“We really believe this is an isolated incident and a dispute that happened at this business,” Chief Hellenbrand said.
Police believe there was a dispute at the MSI Auto location on Parmenter Street, but are still working to determine if shots were fired inside or outside of the building. Officers have collected evidence but Hellenbrand said it is still too early to tell where the shots were fired or what the argument was about.
A stretch of the 3000 block of Parmenter Street, near the Donna Drive, has been blocked off. Chief Hellenbrand said initial information indicates that the dispute did not carry over into any other businesses.
Middleton resident Alicia Quintero lives just blocks away from where the shooting happened and said it was troubling knowing the incident occurred nearby.
“My daughter and son go to school real close by, so I really feel unsafe that that happened in my neighborhood,” said Quintero
A message sent out to families in the Middleton Cross Plains Area School District around 2:30 p.m. said buildings in the district that were in the City of Middleton were being placed on a secure building hold as police were responding to an incident near the Culver’s restaurant on Parmenter Street. The move was out of an abundance of caution, officials said, and meant no one would be let in or out of the buildings until police cleared the incident. A second message updated families just before 2:45 p.m., saying the hold had been lifted. Chief Hellenbrand said these types of holds are standard protocol when an incident like this happens.
Quintero said she wants more communication from authorities when the worst happens so close to home.
Middleton Police Department indicated in the news release that an update would be released on Tuesday.
The Middleton Police Department urged anyone who saw the shooting to call the department at (608) 824-7300, Madison Area Crime Stoppers at (608) 266-6014, or submit a tip online.
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