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Woman injured, homes hit in shootings blocks apart on East, North sides, police say

Woman injured, homes hit in shootings blocks apart on East, North sides, police say

Bunting Lane

A woman was injured after getting shot inside her home on Oriole Lane on the North Side Wednesday night after a stray bullet from a shooting on Bunting Lane entered her residence. Here, the corner of the two streets is seen Thursday. 

Bullets targeted at others hit residences and injured a woman in two shootings blocks apart Wednesday night on the East and North sides, Madison police said.

At about 9:35 p.m., police were sent to the 200 block of Bunting Lane for multiple reports of shots being fired and vehicles fleeing the area, Sgt. Nathan Becker said.

As police were arriving at the Bunting Lane scene, a 30-year-old woman called 911 from a residence on Oriole Lane to report that she had just been stuck by a stray bullet. The bullet entered her residence and struck her while she was in her bedroom, resulting in an injury that was not life-threatening, Becker said.

Two children, ages 4 and 11, who were in the home at the time were unharmed, he said.

Officers found numerous shell casings in the road on Bunting Lane. A 17-year-old boy and a 36-year-old woman, both of Madison, who had been in the yard of a house, appear to have been the targets, but there were no reported injuries or damage there, Becker said.

Shortly before 8:30 p.m., police were called to the 2800 block of Coolidge Street on the East Side for multiple reports of shots fired and a vehicle fleeing the area.

Laura Chastain, who lives a block away, said she has heard gunshots in the neighborhood about a half a dozen times over the three years she has lived there. She said the shots Wednesday night were “very, very unnerving.”

“I was in my house and I heard probably 10 or more, just boom, boom, boom, boom sounds,” Chastain said. “I just kind of froze.”

Arriving officers found several shell casings in the road and a specific house appeared to be targeted, but there were no reported injuries or damage found, Becker said.

Coolidge Street

After multiple reports of shots fired Wednesday night on the 2800 block of Coolidge Street, a man reported that a bullet went through multiple interior walls in his home. 

Police were sent back to the 2800 block of Coolidge Street about 10:40 p.m. when a 35-year-old man reported that he had found that a bullet had entered his home and gone through multiple interior walls. It appears that the residence is not associated with the suspected target residence, and that the man is an innocent citizen whose home was caught in the line of fire, Becker said.

Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit were investigating whether the two shootings were connected, police spokesman Joel DeSpain said.

Anyone who has information on either shooting is asked to contact Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

State Journal reporter Emily Hamer contributed to this report.

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