MPD gives update on shooting of three teens at Madison house party

The Madison Police Department offered new details Monday on the shooting of three teenagers on the city’s east side over the weekend.
Published: Sep. 25, 2023 at 1:01 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 25, 2023 at 4:37 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – The Madison Police Department offered new details Monday on the shooting of three teenagers on the city’s east side over the weekend. Its statement described the incident as an attempted homicide and detectives from the Violent Crime Unit have taken over the investigation.

The shooting happened late Friday night during a house party in the 5000 block of Meinders Road, the MPD report stated. Officers arrived at the scene after multiple witnesses called police around 11:20 p.m. to report hearing gunfire and seeing a lot of people scrambling to get away.

All three victims were among those who were gone by the time the first officers arrived, the report continued. Of those who stayed behind, none of them had been injured.

The youngest of the three victims, a 15-year-old girl, was found after people stopped a pair of officers who were headed to where the house party had been, the statement continued. After receiving initial care there, she was taken to the hospital for further treatment.

A 17-year-old boy who was shot in the incident was taken to the hospital by private individuals, while another victim was found at a house on Crested Owl Lane, according to the report. This third person, a 16-year-old girl, had a graze wound and was also taken to the hospital. None of their injuries were deemed life-threatening.

A resident in the neighborhood tells NBC15 one of the victims banged on her door for help after getting shot. Chief Shon Barnes says homeowners are responsible for the people gathering in their homes.

“I think the most important thing to note is that this was a gathering of juveniles, of kids, and there’s nothing wrong with that,” Chief Barnes said. “We don’t have any objection to people having juveniles over to have fun.”

Chief Barnes mentions MPD is in contact with both MMSD and McFarland School District.

“I don’t want to give too much information about victims at this particular time, but one thing I will say is that MMSD has worked closely with us since this incident occurred and we do consider them a very important partner,” Barnes said.

In its initial statement, MPD indicated the shooter may have been in a vehicle and fired as it drove by the party.

Detectives are combing over digital evidence and statements given by witnesses. Officers also reported finding shell casings on Meinders Road, where the house party was, and Crested Owl Lane, where the third victim was located.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at or 608-266-6014. MPD reminded everyone that their information can be submitted anonymously and could result in a reward.

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