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Madison police have identified three persons of interest in an investigation into an attempted homicide on the Southwest Side Saturday night.

The victim, a 18-year-old Madison boy, was shot multiple times at around 10:30 p.m. near the 5800 block of Russett Road, according to police.

Sgt Ann Lehner said the victim was shot multiple times in the upper body area, but his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening and he was in stable condition. He was expected to receive surgery at a local hospital.

The victim told police he had been shot while he was outside by unknown shooters, but managed to escape into an apartment building for help.

Police did not release further details about the people being investigated, but said the assailants likely knew the victim and there is no indication this was a random act of violence.

The shooting took place a block away from the Orchard Ridge Elementary and Toki Middle school building.

Investigators are considering whether the attempted homicide is related to another shooting incident earlier in the day at West Towne Mall. The mall was closed after shots were fired just before 5:40 p.m. No injuries were reported following that incident.

In that incident, police said a dispute involving a small group of people began inside the mall then moved outdoors, where at least two people became involved in a physical fight and at least one person fired a handgun.

[Editor's note: Police initially misreported the victim's age as 17. He is 18 years old.]

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