Four men were injured early Sunday in a shooting at a Far East Side gas station that police believe may have been gang-related, the Madison Police Department said.
Around 3:05 a.m., police responded to BP Gas Station, 4222 E. Washington Ave., after several gunshots were reported. Officers saw several vehicles leaving the area as they arrived, and one man with an injury that was not life-threatening was found at the gas station, police said.
Two other men with injuries that weren’t life-threatening showed up at Meriter Hospital, according to police, while a fourth man went to UW Health at The American Center with what appeared to be similar injuries.
Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said more than 20 bullet casings were found at the gas station, adding that the shooting may have been “the result of continued hostilities that began earlier in the evening at a social gathering in another county.” The bullet casings came from at least three firearms.
Members of Madison’s Focused Interruption Coalition, a volunteer community leaders organization that developed a 15-point violence prevention plan in response to a string of fatal shootings last year, issued a statement Sunday decrying the latest firearm violence and urging city officials to begin spending $400,000 included in this year’s city budget to help implement the coalition’s recommended peer support element.
“These dollars are crucial to start engaging members of the community to build a network of support to address these issues,” said coalition members, including Michael Johnson, Anthony Cooper and Aaron Hicks. “Most importantly is the need for peer support — those most affected by the issues being the ones most involved in the solutions.”
“Like the rest of the city of Madison, we are horrified by the number of shootings that have happened this year,” the coalition statement said, adding, “We commit to doing everything we can to end this violence.”
Coalition members also pledged to be available Monday to help “mediate the situation” and try to prevent escalation. They pledged to connect public officials, community leaders and members of the community at large in an effort to “dismantle the conditions that support violence in all its forms” and to address related issues.
Detectives with the Madison police department’s violent crimes unit believe the shooting may be connected to gangs, DeSpain said, and the gang unit is investigating.
DeSpain said the shooting does not appear to have been random, as it is thought those involved know each other. The four victims are between 26 and 28 years old.
“Extensive forensic follow-up is being conducted, including video camera downloads from private and public access points,” DeSpain said.
Madison police had no updates on the shootings Sunday night. Anyone with information is asked to call the Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.