Madison police investigate homicide near Cameron Drive

MADISON (WKOW) -A shocking wake-up for a community on the west side of Madison, after a body was found on a front lawn on Cameron Drive.

"Feel scared, feel not really good because we don't know if they're shooting and it can come to you or not," Pa Thao, who lives on Cameron Drive, said.

Thao has lived in the neighborhood for almost 20 years and has never seen anything like this.

She was asleep when everything happened early Saturday morning, but her daughter was just getting home from work.

"She heard I think around 4 o'clock[in the morning]," Thao said. "She heard something noise like a gun shot but she just thought it was a firework."

Police say after canvassing other neighbors, they heard the same thing along with squealing wheels.

Chief Mike Koval says it's the city's 3rd homicide of the year.

He says they found a 23-year-old man at around 7 in the morning, dead from multiple gun shot wounds.

Chief Koval says they don't have a motivation, or any suspects for the crime, but they brought on the gang unit to help the investigation.

"We have found that more often than not, a lot of the folks that we're dealing with, at some point in time or another, have crossed paths with or are known and familiar to our gang intelligence unit," Koval said.

It's just one of many avenues of investigation.

What's important is they don't feel anyone else is at risk in the area.

"This is by no means a random act of violence," Koval said. "This individual, the deceased, obviously would have known or have some nexus with those individual or individuals that caused his death."

Chief Koval says that where the body was found was most likely coincidence.

That's why District 20 Alder Matt Phair says, there should be no cause for concern.

"People should not be afraid to be out in their neighborhood and they should be smart and they should be looking out for each other and all those things," Phair said.

Police are looking for any information citizens may have, They encourage people to call them if they know something.

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