Alder Amanda Hall
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Updates on Weekend's Sad Events
Good morning Neighbors,
I want to update you on what I know this morning concerning the homicide in our neighborhood early Saturday morning.
First, we know more about the young man who was killed in our neighborhood early Saturday morning. I had previously said that he was a resident of District 3 but I was mistaken. The deceased was a 25 year old man and father of 2 young children, and he was from Madison's west side. I apologize for my error.
Understandably, I'm sure many of you are less concerned about which part of Madison the young man called home, and more concerned about gun violence in our neighborhood. I want to update you on a few things this morning.
Friends, family, and neighbors held a small vigil yesterday evening off Cottage Grove Road where the sad event occurred. During this time, shots were fired between those at the vigil and a passing vehicle. These shots were not random and neighbors should not feel in personal danger. This group of incidents has now been moved to MPD's Violent Crimes Unit (VCU), for further high level scrutiny and work.
VCU is a highly skilled department and they'll do all they can, but we all need to do what we can to help them out. If you or anyone you know saw something or heard something, or know something after the fact, please loop in VCU. You can report a tip anonymously at 608.266.6014.
For those of you who do not feel safe reporting information: I recognize that an anonymous tip line is not the complete answer to feeling to safe providing info. I welcome your thoughts on how to improve our system so that our system of justice works for all of us. In the meantime, if you feel you can share what you know, the anonymous tip line is 608.266.6014.
While attending Chief Koval's press conference yesterday I noted something he said which I think is really important to consider thoughtfully: bullets go really far really fast when they're unimpeded. I couldn't agree with the chief more here, whether they are intended to be warning shots, or whether they are shots from a concealed carry license owner who is trying to stop a crime in progress. Bullets do not yet have the technology to know to stop if they don't hit their intended target. I recognize that the number of shots fired incidents is making everyone nervous, and I understand. City leaders are working on this, and I wanted to be clear that we recognize your concerns and take them seriously.
I will be in touch with more updates as they occur
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