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Janesville gunshot victim recovers after shooting over child’s bike

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JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- A Janesville victim of gunshots is recovering from the shooting police say resulted from his attempt to regain his stepson's stolen bicycle.

Deb Hogue tells 27 News she saw 36-year-old Trenton Strommen shot several times Saturday on the Lincoln Elementary School property near her home by one of two young men.

"I was terrified," Hogue says. "I've never seen anything like that. I never want to see it again."

Janesville Police says Strommen discovered someone had taken his stepson's bike out of the family's garage in the 700 block of Roosevelt Avenue and went in his car looking for the thieves.

Police say Strommen was shot when he encountered the people with the stolen bike at the school a mile or so away from his home. Authorities say the suspects stole Strommen's car, with the sedan found later in Afton.

"When they drove away, the man was laying there helpless," Hogue says, who called 911. "My heart goes out to his family."

Strommen's girlfriend, Ashley Wesley, tells 27 News she's still at a loss to understand how her boyfriend's attempt to recover the bike ended so violently.

"I don't see Trenton being confrontational," Wesley says. "I see him saying, 'Hey, that's my son's bike,' and then thinking they would drop it and leave," she says.

Police have identified one of two suspects as 17-year-old Kenan Clemons of Janesville. Clemons and a 16-year-old boy were arrested Thursday in connection with the shooting.

UW Hospital officials list Strommen in good condition.

Wesley says Strommen remains in a great deal of pain, but says he knows there's been an inspiring, outpouring of support for him. "I let him know that every day, that everyone's thinking about him, that everyone's reaching out," Wesley says.

Family members say while Strommen works at a Milton manufacturing plant, he has no health insurance. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the shooting victim: https://www.gofundme.com/f/trenton-strommen

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Tony Galli

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