Alder Samba Baldeh
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Madison, WI 53703
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Gun violence in the city
Gun violence in the city
We are seeing a troubling increase in gun-related violence. Examples of these incidents include homicide, robbery, weapon offenses and random shootings, including shots fired from cars in residential neighborhoods.
The incident in the vicinity of Melody Lane, Green Ridge Drive, and Stuart on Friday night was the latest in District 17. In the next few weeks I have meetings scheduled with the North and East precinct police captains to discuss this and what we could do to curb the trend. While the police chief believes there is a need to increase the police force, I believe there are more things we must do to address this situation.
At our May 2nd Common Council Meeting, we convened a Committee of the Whole to discuss this issue. As part of that discussion the Madison Police Department and the Finance Department shared crime statistics in the city and reviewed the resources the city has been spending on police and on our community development program efforts respectively.
The truth is we cannot immediately stop violence completely or escape it. What we are experiencing is the product of trends that began some time ago. We have to get to the root cause of why people are driving around and shooting at each other and come up with solutions to those causes. With random drive-by shootings, the shooters are down the road by the time the police can arrive – thanks to the calls of residents – and find the shell casings. We need the ongoing input of city residents input in the discussions that must take place. Please contact me if you would like to be involved in organizing conversations.
Our Madison Police Department is working hard and doing its best to track, arrest, and get criminal activity out of our streets. The following information is what I received from Chief Koval about what happened last night. Number 7 is the incident in the Greater Sandburg neighborhood.
Chief's Update - Friday Night
1. NORTH: Injured Person-7:38am on Northport Drive @ Dryden Drive. Officers sent to Meriter ER ref. an injured person who indicated me was run over by a vehicle. Non-life threatening injuries. Injured person indicates that he was deliberately run over. May have domestic implications and investigation continuing but injured person would not sign a medical release and is not cooperating.
2. WEST: Adult Arrested Person-12:56pm at 201 S. Gammon Road (Memorial High School). MPD arrested a person (off school property) as part of an ongoing investigation where the subject followed a mom of a student into the women's bathroom and lingered. Investigation ongoing.
3. WEST: Exposure/Arrested Person-4:47pm at 3100 Maple Valley Drive. Day Care worker reports subject monitoring children and reports concerns over the behavior. Police called and based upon the totality of what was reported, an arrest was made for Disorderly Conduct
4. NORTH: Accident with Injuries-5:18pm at Northport/Dryden. Juvenile departs from bus and runs across the street without looking and is hit by a car. Conveyed with non-life threatening injuries.
5. SOUTH: Overdose-6:45pm in the 2000 Blk of S. Park Street. Subject (driving a vehicle) overdoses on heroin and loses control of vehicle. Takes out a fire hydrant and then proceeds to collide with three unoccupied parked vehicles. Naloxone is administered by a "friend" of the subject as well as by three separate doses from MPD. Conveyed to St. Mary's and subsequently arrested.
6. WEST: Disturbance-8:22 pm at 6601 McKee Road (Wahlgreen's). Walgreen's calls to report a subject is destroying the store, screaming, harassing customers, and punching a 70-year-old man. Subject eventually leaves the store, gets into a car, goes through a red signal and smashes into a squad driven by an MPD Officer (This officer was conveyed with non-life threatening injuries as all air bags deployed). A brief foot pursuit ensues and suspect is finally apprehended by MPD. Issues of drug use/mental illness. Investigation is continuing.
7. NORTH: Weapons Offense-9:32pm in the 4100 Blk of Melody Lane. Multiple callers report 5-10 gunshots in the area of Green Ridge Drive and Melody Lane. MPD located two (separate) groups of 9mm shell casings, approximately 60 feet from one another. Investigation continuing.
8. CENTRAL: Armed Robbery-9:45pm in the Hawthorne Court area. Officers respond to Meriter ER for a male who reports that he was beaten and pistol whipped during a robbery in the alley between Hawthorne Court and State Street. Walked into the ER covered in blood and needed stitches for his injuries.
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