Madison police are pleading for the public’s help to prevent retaliatory violence after a man was shot to death in his car early Tuesday on the city’s Southwest Side.
The city’s eighth homicide of the year happened around 3 a.m. in the 2000 block of Adderbury Lane, police said. Police spokesman Joel DeSpain said the victim, a 29-year-old Stoughton man, was in the driver’s seat when he was shot multiple times. Officers found about a dozen shell casings at the scene.
Authorities had not released the victim’s name.
DeSpain said the shooting could be retaliation for earlier incidents and could lead to further violence.
Police appealed Tuesday for the public’s help in solving the crime before anybody else is hurt.
“The Violent Crime Unit is very concerned about retaliation because of this individual being shot,” DeSpain said. “We want to talk to anyone (about the homicide) to put an end to this.”
Police Chief Mike Koval said Tuesday evening that the victim was targeted and asked for the cooperation of friends, family members and acquaintances of the victim. Koval said he believes people in the victim’s circle know what happened or led to the shooting.
One resident said the “back-to-back” gunshots sounded like fireworks and heard a car quickly driving away immediately after.
“Three officers performed CPR to no avail,” DeSpain said.
A nearby resident who declined to give her name said she didn’t hear the gunshots but woke up at 4 a.m. and saw a vehicle pulled up onto the terrace across from her house, and officers administering CPR on the victim next to the car.
“We don’t have a description of the getaway car,” DeSpain said. He also didn’t know if more than one person fired at the victim.
Police said the victim was the only person in the car.
After a Tuesday night neighborhood meeting at the Elver Park Neighborhood Center, which was planned weeks ago, more than 100 Southwest Side residents heard from Koval, other police officials and Ald. Barbara Harrington-McKinney about the recent escalation of gun violence in the city and preventing and reporting crime in their neighborhoods.
After the meeting, Koval said he didn’t have any updates on the case and police had no suspects.
While most attendees at the meeting, which occurred about a mile from Tuesday’s shooting, steered the discussion toward more mundane issues such as trespassing teenagers, police funding levels and concerns about garbage collection, some asked what could be done to help prevent or reduce gun violence.
Koval said it’s going to take community involvement to help stem gun violence in the city.
“The cops can’t go it alone,” he said. “This isn’t just about us fixing things. We need to see help … as we move forward as a community.”
State Journal reporters Lexy Brodt and Chris Aadland contributed to this report.