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Police release new Shake the Lake shooting details, organizers respond to questions

UPDATE (WKOW) — The person shot Saturday after the fireworks show along Lake Monona has been released from the hospital, police said today.

A fire department vehicle also was hit by a bullet during the disturbance that broke out about 10:30 p.m.

Two groups of people fought shortly before the shots were fired, according to a Madison Police Department incident report.

“It is believed all individuals involved are from Madison and are known to each other,” police said. “During this physical altercation, an individual pulled out a handgun and fired several rounds.”

Police said the investigation is continuing and encouraged anyone with information about the shooting to call Crime Stoppers at (608) 266-6014.

Vern Stenman, president of the Madison Mallards, who put on the event in partnership with Festival Foods, put out a statement saying his organization will not be answering questions at this time.

MADISON (WKOW) — Madison police are planning to release more information Monday regarding the shooting at Shake the Lake on Saturday.

Officials said one person was shot with non-life threatening injuries and they believed the people involved knew each other.

One police officer was also injured after he fell down.

Mary Briggs-Pomo was with her kids when the shooting happened. She said she and her kids had to duck and take cover.

On Sunday afternoon, Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway released a statement about the shooting calling for more security at the event.

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval addressed safety concerns for the event as well saying,

“While not minimizing what could have potentially been a disastrous outcome . . . this sanctioned event was heavily vetted with multiple entities and staffed across the board with personnel,” Koval said in a statement.

While police recovered a gun on scene, no one is in custody yet. They’re asking anyone with information to come forward.

Jessica Porter

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