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UPDATE: Teen in custody after gun goes off on Metro bus

UPDATE (WKOW) — The MPD Violent Crime Unit took the 15-year-old suspect into custody Thursday morning.

According to Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain, the shooting was unintentional. He says the boy had been showing the handgun to others on the bus when it went off, firing one shot.

A 16-year-old boy suffered a leg wound and another 16-year-old boy’s arm was grazed in the shooting Wednesday afternoon.


UPDATE (WKOW) — Madison police say a teen had a gun on a Metro bus that went off, hitting another teenager.

The victim in the shooting is a 17-year-old male. He was shot in the leg and taken to a local hospital with what is believed to be a non-life threatening injury.

La Follette High School students had just gotten on the bus to go home from school when the incident happened. The school and nearby Sennett Middle School were put on lockdown, because police say the 16-year-old who had the gun ran away from the bus after it went off.

Police are still working to figure out what happened.

“We’ve interviewed a number of witnesses. We’re not getting complete cooperation from everyone that was on the bus,” said Capt. Tom Snyder. “It does not appear that there was any kind of disturbance or dispute that led up to the gunshot, so exactly what happened prior to the gunshot occurring, we’re not certain.”

Police are still looking for the suspect, described as a 16-year-old African American male, about 5’7″ and 130 pounds, wearing a black “do-rag,” a black hoodie, black pants and white tennis shoes. He ran away from the area and officers are still actively looking for him.

Police say the suspect was showing the firearm to the victim when it went off.

The incident came during a busy day for police across Dane County, as they responded to a workplace shooting in Middleton. Capt. Snyder says it was taxing on resources.

“We were able to call in officers early [Wednesday] afternoon. Those people that work in inside positions were all able to come out and help with the patrol staffing, so we’re doing OK right now. It’s really tested our resources certainly, but we’re OK.”

Some officers who were in Middleton ended up responding to this incident, too. Police had to wait for crime scene investigators to arrive to process the bus, because they were busy working at WTS Paradigm.


MADISON (WKOW) — Police are searching for a shooter who injured another person Wednesday afternoon on a Madison Metro bus.

Police were called about 3:50 p.m. to the corner of Pflaum Road and Monona Drive for an initial report of someone being shot in the leg.

Both the shooter and victim were on the bus at the time, but the shooter fled, according to police.

A K-9 search was unsuccessful.

Both nearby Sennett Middle School and LaFollette High School were put on lockdown as police continued their search.

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