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2 charged in shooting of La Follette student

MADISON (WKOW) – A 21-year old man and a teenager are charged with attempted first degree intentional homicide in the shooting of a La Follette High School student.

Authorities say friends of the victim carried him back to school from the nearby neighborhood where the violence took place.

A Dane County court commissioner Wednesday left in place $50-thousand bail for both alleged shooter Duan Briggs and 17-year old Jamie Hayes, who police say urged Briggs to open fire after a fist fight between Hayes, the victim and other boys.

“It doesn’t even look like there’s any allegation that the other participants pulled out a weapon or anything like that,”  commissioner Brian Asmus says.  “It was to settle a silly score.  Judges are tired of people basically treating like it’s the wild west on streets,”  Asmus says.

A criminal complaint against Briggs and Hayes states the victim and friends cut school mid-morning Sept. 27 and went to a nearby neighborhood at Linda Vista Road.  The complaint says Briggs and Hayes drove to the school, and then found the victim and the others in the neighborhood.

The complaint states after fighting was over, the victim says Hayes ran to the side of the road, and told Briggs to ” ‘Blow it, blow it’ ” meaning to shoot.  Authorities say several gunshots were fired.

Court records say the 16-year old student-victim was hit with a gunshot to the buttocks, with a doctor deciding not to remove the slug because of the position of the bullet.

Authorities say an SUV being driven on the street at the time the shooting broke out was hit by a bullet, piercing the windshield but not hitting the driver.

The shooting prompted school officials to use metal-detecting wands on arriving students for two days following the incident.  Officials say the metal detection may again be used randomly to ensure safety.

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Tony Galli

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