Two adults and two children shot in a domestic situation at a Southwest Side duplex Saturday morning were hospitalized as investigators worked to determine what happened, Madison police said.
While names were not being released, police said a 42-year-old woman, 38-year-old man, 8-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy all were shot inside the home at 1425 Loreen Drive.
Police did not name a suspect, but called it a domestic situation that did not represent a threat to the community. All involved in the shooting lived at the home, police said.
“There is no suspect at large,” Sgt. Phil Moore said.
At 6:19 a.m. police arrived at the home on Loreen Drive, which is off Hammersley Road.
The call came from a home across the street from where the shooting happened. One of the shooting victims ran across the street, but it was uncertain if that person made the call or a person at the home across the street made it, Moore said.
Moore declined to say if any of the wounds were self-inflicted and did not say whether any of the injured people is a suspect.
“I have four injured people and we don’t have a straight story on what happened,” Moore said.
All four were taken to UW Hospital and required surgery, Moore said.
Police released no further details as they continued their investigation.
Friends and neighbors were surprised by the incident and said there was no indication of trouble in the family.
“This is a peaceful woman, you’d never think something like this would happen to her,” Tiffany Driver, a friend of the family, said of the injured woman. “The lady goes to work, takes care of her kids and she’s the sweetest person. She doesn’t do anything wrong.”
Carmella Harris of Madison was on her way to the residence because she was in the neighborhood and thought she’d stop by to see her friends, only to see the yellow police tape and officers on the scene.
She said the man had lost his job about a year ago and had been searching for work, and the woman was a nursing assistant.
“They’re good people, they’re a good family, those kids are so cute and wonderful,” she said. “I can’t believe either of those parents would harm their children. I don’t know. I just can’t imagine.”