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Three shot outside bar near UW-Madison campus

Three shot outside bar near UW-Madison campus

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Three victims were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries after being struck by gunfire outside of two bars near the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus early Saturday morning, police said.

Ald. Mike Verveer, 4th District, said police told him that at least a half-dozen gunshots were fired outside Segredo and Johnny O's, on the 600 block of University Avenue, shortly after 1 a.m.

Police did not respond to media requests at the time, but posted an incident report on the department's website indicating that the victims were a 26-year-old female, an 18-year-old male, and a 23-year-old male.

Police told Verveer that there may have been a fourth victim who left the scene.

The incident is being treated as an attempted homicide. Police told Verveer that a car was involved, but they weren't sure whether the shots were fired from the vehicle.

A UW student waiting in line outside of Johnny O's, 620 University Ave., said he heard seven or eight gunshots, likely from a vehicle moving down the street. Mike Muoio, who is graduating on Sunday, was about to show his ID to a bouncer at the bar and dove inside when he heard the shots. 

"I was pretty much in a state of shock. I'm still in a state of shock. I've never been a part of something like that before," Muoio said. "I've been here (in Madison) four years and I've never seen anything close to what just went down. It was very surprising, very shocking. Like, really? There's no need for any situation like that."

Muoio suffered a gash and contusion on his left leg while diving for cover. He said police responded almost immediately to a chaotic scene, as scores of people had been crammed into the outdoor patio area outside of Johnny O's and the nearby establishments on University Avenue on what had been a pleasant weekend evening ahead of UW's graduation festivities on Saturday and Sunday.

"Everyone went straight to the back. They made an announcement to stay inside and locked the door," Muoio said. "It was scary. It was definitely a scary situation."

Verveer was told that no suspects had been arrested, but there were several police cameras on the block that may offer evidence.

University Avenue was closed from Lake Street to Frances Street and vehicular and pedestrian traffic was being redirected. Residents of that block were not permitted to access their apartments. The street was still closed as of 4 a.m.

Police were combing the area with flashlights and had placed nearly a dozen markers on the sidewalk along University Avenue, from the Associated Bank building to Bob's Copy Shop.

Mayor Paul Soglin, Verveer, police and the owners of Johnny O's and Wando's had met to discuss recent violence on the block on Wednesday.

"There's been tremendous issues with loitering and violence that has been a great concern to establishments on the block and the city," Verveer said.

Verveer, who also serves on the Alcohol License Review Committee, said Segredo was one of seven alcohol-licensed establishments around Madison to have its license separated for review by the city. The license was separated following an incident where a gun was found at the bar by an employee, but not reported to police until a later time.

— Jeff Glaze and Adam Mertz contributed to this report.

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