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Thursday, April 18, 2024

Student injured during gunfight near Lafollete High School

A gunfight near La Follette High School left one 17-year-old student injured and put the building on lockdown for the second time this week.

Police responded to reports of a fight between several young men at the corner of Linda Vista Road and Turner Avenue around 10:40 a.m., Madison police said. Witnesses also told police at least one gun had been fired.

Later on, police located the wounded victim walking some distance away from the crime scene, and hospitalized him with non-threatening injuries. At this point, police say that no suspect has been identified but that the investigation remains underway.

While no one was seriously hurt, a stray bullet entered the passenger side of a passing car, leaving the driver “shaken,” but uninjured, according to Madison Police Department Public Information Office Joel DeSpain.

LaFollette High School remained on lockdown until police determined that the situation was stable.

“In working with police, we know that there has not been a direct threat at our school today, but we took precautions to keep our building secure as police investigated,” police told school officials in an email. “The safest place to be is in school,”

LaFollete locked down last Wednesday, when a 15-year-old accidentally fired a handgun on board a Madison Metro bus. Memorial High School students also experienced a lockdown the same day, when a gunman opened fire in an office building close to their school.

“We are struggling as a community; as a police department with young people with guns that are resolving their differences by deciding to shoot at each other,” DeSpain said. “We’re just fortunate that no one was seriously hurt.”

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