Three shootings; two men seriously injured

Police said they believe at this time, Wednesday's shootings were not related
Victoria Vlisides

Officers stationed on Pike Drive did interviews with neighbors in the area.

Fitchburg police responded to three gun incidents this week, with the most serious on Thursday night at Allied Drive, where two men were reportedly seriously injured.

The other two shootings, on Pike Drive and Smithfield Drive, reportedly had no injuries. Both happened Wednesday afternoon.

On Allied Drive, the men, ages 21 and 24, were wounded in what police described as a "targeted shooting" on the 2300 block around 10:30 p.m., as reported by Bill Novack for the State Journal. Madison Police spokesman Joe DeSpain said, as of Friday afternoon, the men were expected to survive, according to the State Journal. (For more information, please see original article.)


Pike Drive shooting

Earlier this week, Fitchburg Police officers responded to a report of gun shots being fired in the 1900 block of Pike Drive in May 14 at 4:11 p.m.

The investigation revealed several male suspects were shooting firearms at each other. Between five and 20 shots were fired witnesses said. No bystanders were injured, but Lt. Todd Stetzer said a car was shot.

While police investigated, neighbors congregated around the scene. The Star talked to one neighbor who lives in an apartment on Pike Drive nearby the incident around 5 p.m. who said he thought he heard about 10 shots.

“I was just watching a movie and heard buh-bum, buh-bum, buh-bum,” he said.

Three subjects involved in the dispute were detained and are being interviewed by investigators.  During police interviews of subjects involved and witnesses, it was determined there were two suspects who had been in possession of firearms and fled in two separate vehicles.

Investigators are attempting to locate the two suspect vehicles and persons who fled in the vehicles. Although no bystanders were injured, Stetzer said police were unsure whether the suspect who fled with the vehicle was injured.

The vehicles are descripted as a white vehicle similar to a Buick or Jaguar style. The suspect who fled in this vehicle is described as an African-American male, wearing a black jacket, with white sleeves with red trim around the waistband area.

The second vehicle is described as a sliver, mid-sized vehicle last observed traveling north on Coho Street near Lu Ann Lane. 


Smithfield Drive shooting

Another incident happened earlier that day in which two male suspects shot at another vehicle at 1:57 p.m. 2600 block of Smithfield Drive.

No injuries were reported.

The investigation revealed the suspects in a silver Toyota RAV4 style vehicle fired approximately six gun shots at a blue Chevrolet Impala occupied by one male and one female.  Stetzer told the Star, the Chevrolet Impala was struck by one bullet that whizzed through the driver’s hair and hit the dashboard. The bullet came through the back window. Stetzer said police believe the car was being targeted and chased.

Though the incidents were around two hours apart, Stetzer said there is “no indication that these two are related, but it’s too early to tell.”

“I wouldn’t exclude the possibility, but we don’t have an indication that they are tied together,” he said.

Anyone with information related the suspects or vehicles matching the descriptions above are asked to contact the Fitchburg Police Department at 270-4300.  Anyone with information related to the shooting may remain anonymous by calling Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 266-6014.

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