Rise in Madison gun violence a disturbing trend, police say

Authorities are now calling a rise in Madison gun violence a "trend" following a violent few months and deadly couple of weeks.

Acting Police Chief Vic Wahl made the distinction in a Friday morning press conference with Madison city leaders. He provided a number of statistics on his department's response to gun-related calls.

Over the past week, Madison police have responded to more than 15 shots fired calls, including eight residences and seven vehicles hit by gunfire and two fatal shootings.

"It's clearly a very disturbing trend," Wahl said, "it's very alarming to us."

Police have recovered 150 shell casings from rifles and handguns.

However, it is the broader timeline that led Wahl to label the shootings a trend.

In June, police responded to 29 shots fired calls, the most for a single month since the department has tracked the data. May also registered as one of the highest months, but the acting chief did not provide exact statistics.

All told, The second quarter of 2020 saw an almost 80-percent increase over the previous year's shooting statistics.

Wahl some of the shootings were connected as groups retaliate against one another.

To read more go to WKOW: https://wkow.com/2020/07/10/more-madison-shootings-becoming-a-trend-police-say/

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