MADISON (WKOW) — A suspect in a shooting incident early Sunday at a Madison night club remains jailed with bail at $150,000, while claiming he acted in self defense.
Cole W. Foster, 35, Madison, was arrested Sunday on the tentative charge of first degree reckless endangering safety, after authorities say four people were wounded by gun fire, and one person was stabbed inside Visions.
Madison Police say a 42-year old Chicago man was shot in the chest area; a 35-year old Oregon, Wi. man was shot in the leg; a 46-year old bar employee was shot in the foot; and a 31-year old Milwaukee woman was grazed by a bullet. Assistant Dane County District Attorney Robin Lee says one victim remains hospitalized.
Detectives are still interviewing witnesses and have not yet determined what caused the disturbance that led to gunfire, according to Madison Police officials. Officials do say someone’s attempt to re-enter the adult entertainment venue played a role.
Police were called about 1:45 a.m. for a report of a large fight and shots fired. Upon arrival, a large crowd was found and there were five injured, according to a Madison Police department incident report.
Authorities say in addition to the gun shot victims, one person was stabbed.
Foster’s attorney, Anthony Delyea tells 27 News Foster fired his gun twice to protect himself.
“And he’s also not the one who was stabbing people,” Delyea tells 27 News. “He was the one who was stabbed. I think it’s important to understand that,” Delyea says.
Delyea says Foster has a state-issued, concealed carry permit.
At the time this incident occurred, authorities say there were an estimated 40 to 50 people present as patrons in the bar.
If Foster only fired his gun twice, no information has been released on any other possible shooters.
In addition to appearing in court Tuesday for the purposes of bail, Foster was also charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct while armed with a dangerous weapon, in connection to a September incident. A criminal complaint states Foster pulled out a gun in the parking lot of an east side Madison bar, after the bar’s owner pushed Foster and insisted he leave.
Lee says Foster will be criminally charged Thursday for his role in the violence at the East Washington Avenue night spot.