Police: 3 shootings ‘likely related’

Victoria Vlisides

Photo by Victoria Vlisides. Officers stationed on Pike Drive interviewed neighbors in the area Wednesday, May 14. It was one of two shooting incidents that day.

Fitchburg police responded to three gun incidents the week of May 16, 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, May 14.

Investigations are still ongoing, but Fitchburg Police Lt. Todd Stetzer said findings have led officials to believe the incidents are linked, in an email to the Fitchburg Star Monday afternoon.

“The incidents remain under investigation and appear likely related to a series of similar incidents which occurred in the City of Madison during the weeks prior,” Stetzer said.  “Our detectives continue to work with the City of Madison Police Department Detectives investigating the series of incidents.”

Allied Drive

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 Department spokesman Joel DeSpain said the men were expected to survive, according to the State Journal.

Pike Drive shooting

Fitchburg Police officers responded to a report of gun shots being fired in the 1900 block of Pike Drive on 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. Around 5 p.m., the Star talked to one neighbor who lives in an apartment on Pike Drive near the incident 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 were attempting to locate the two suspect vehicles and persons who fled in the vehicles. Although no bystanders were injured, Stetzer said a few days after the incident 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. on the 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.

Anyone with information related to 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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