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Three arrested in shooting near La Follette; alleged shooter not a student, Madison police say
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Three arrested in shooting near La Follette; alleged shooter not a student, Madison police say


Three people were arrested Friday in connection with Wednesday’s shooting near La Follette High School that injured a student.

Those arrested include the alleged gunman, who police said is not a La Follette student.

Duan Briggs, 21, of Madison, faces a tentative charge of attempted homicide, and Jamie Hayes, 17, of Madison, faces a tentative charge of being a party to the crime of attempted homicide, Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said.

“Detectives determined there was a pre-arranged fight between two factions, and the primary suspect (Briggs) brought a handgun to what was to be a fistfight,” DeSpain said.

A 16-year-old La Follette student, who was not named, faces a tentative charge of disorderly conduct.

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Briggs is not a student in the Madison School District, and Hayes is not currently enrolled in the district.

A 16-year-old La Follette student suffered a non-life-threatening injury in the shooting. He was treated at a hospital and released.

The victim was found with a gunshot wound walking in the area near where the fight took place shortly after 10:30 a.m. at the intersection of Turner Avenue and Linda Vista Road, about two blocks from the high school on Pflaum Road, police said.

The school district screened students entering the school Thursday and Friday with metal detector wands as a precaution following the shooting. Joe Balles, safety and security coordinator for the school district, said screening will not need to continue next week but there will be screening for students entering Saturday’s Homecoming dance.

The arrests were made by the Police Department’s violent crime unit.

The shooting was the second near La Follette in a week. On Sept. 19, a 15-year-old boy on a Metro Transit bus near the school injured two 16-year-old students when a gun he had accidentally fired. The 15-year-old, who was arrested the next day, was not a student at La Follette. A district spokeswoman would not say what schools the three attend.

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