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UPDATE: 1 person shot at Madison men’s shelter; Police search for suspect

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- Madison police say they have determined the person they took into custody at a temporary men's shelter was not involved in a shooting there.

Instead, they are searching for suspect Ronald E. Stephens, 23. He has been charged with attempted 1st degree intentional homicide, but is still on the loose.

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- Madison Police Chief Shon Barnes said one person was injured and another was taken into custody after a shooting at the temporary men's shelter on the near east side.

Barnes said two officers were in the area for a non-related call around 7:20 p.m. when they heard gunshots from inside the former City Fleet Services building. The officers went inside and encountered two people -- one who had been shot multiple times, and the other who police took into custody.

During the encounter, Chief Barnes says one of the officers fired their gun. From the investigation, Barnes said early indications were the person was shot before the officer went into the building. As protocol when an officer fires their gun, the state Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is leading the investigation to determine if the officers acted justly.

At this point, police say there are no other suspects. The person who was shot was taken to a local hospital. Information on their condition has not been released.

First Street in Madison between East Johnson and East Washington was closed entirely for a few hours, and then partially reopened late Monday night. People who live along the street told 27 News they didn't hear any gunshots and only noticed something had happened once dozens of police cars showed up.

The men's shelter was moved from a location at Warner Park to the building on First Street in December to provide more space. It's about two times as big, at 40,000 square feet.

Madison Metro buses could be seen transporting at least some of the people staying there to another location, though police did not say where.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison Police are responding to a reported weapons violation on First Street in Madison, according to Dane County Communications. Madison Police OIC confirmed the response is focused on the temporary men's shelter which is the former city's fleet services building.

Dane County Communications tells 27 News the weapons violation call came in at 7:24 p.m.

Our crew on the scene tells us First Street is blocked off between East Washington Ave. and Johnson Street but it can be described as a very large police presence.

We're still working to confirm more information.

This is a developing story.

Matthew Cash

Senior Executive Producer

Andrew Merica

Reporter/Producer, 27 News

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