Mayor's Statement re: Shooting

May 29, 2007

Madison - Mayor Dave Cieslewicz made the following statement regarding last night's shooting:

"Although murders are extremely rare in Madison, I am very concerned whenever a serious crime like this takes place. I am glad to hear that the alleged perpetrator is in custody and poses no additional threat to the community, thanks to the fast and effective response of the Madison Police Department.

"Overall, our community, including downtown Madison, remains extremely safe. This is just the second murder in Madison this year. Downtown crime in general is down significantly compared to last year. That said, we must always strive to do better. Even one murder a year in our community is too many.

"To that end, we put in place a Downtown Safety Initiative in 2007 to provide funding for police overtime, neighborhood watch programs and other resources. I will continue to work closely with the Police Chief and other local leaders to ensure that Madison remains one of the safest cities in America."

Contact:
  • George Twigg, 608-266-4611