Fitchburg police identify suspect in shooting

Club goers recount incident with gunman

Published On: Sep 04 2012 06:08:55 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 06 2012 07:57:51 AM CDT
Altreo J. Scott
MADISON, Wis. -

Authorities have identified a suspect who was wounded by police in a shooting early Sunday morning on Madison's south side.

Fitchburg police said Altreo J. Scott, 18, of Platteville, has been booked into the Dane County Jail on tentative charges of attempted armed robbery, second-degree recklessly endangering safety and possession of marijuana.

A Town of Madison police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave after the shooting. A Fitchburg police officer is also on leave as the state continues its investigation.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation continues to investigate the police-involved shooting incident, and officials said Wednesday that no other information was available for release at this time.

The suspect was allegedly brandishing a gun and was shot by police near the intersection of Greenway Cross and Fish Hatchery Road around midnight, according to Fitchburg police. The suspect was wounded and was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Fitchburg police.

Fitchburg police said officers were dispatched shortly after midnight to Greenway Cross and Fish Hatchery Road on reports that a man was threatening people with a handgun and possibly attempting to rob them.

When police arrived at the scene, the suspect fled from the intersection and went to Five Nightclub.

Those who were at the nightclub recalled the incident and credited a disc jockey for diffusing the situation.

Luna Bonita Productions hosts the monthly event at Five Nightclub. The DJ didn't want to talk on camera Wednesday but had no problem talking to partiers Sunday who were scared they were about to die.

"That's what I was thinking," explained Adriana Elizalde, who reunited with her friends and recounted Sunday's incident at Five Nightclub.

"That's when this guy just come and points to her forehead and says, 'boom.' He didn't shoot anything. He just made the sound," Elizalde said.

She said she saw the gunman threaten an employee and many guests inside, then heard the DJ calming them all down.

"He grabbed the microphone, turned off the music and started talking with the people," Elizalde said.

DJ Alex didn't know the threat inside was over and that the man brandishing a gun had gone outside, where police were waiting.

Police said the suspect then pointed his gun at police, forcing them to fire.

"Anything that has a propensity to hurt people, particularly a large number of people, is definitely not something to be taken lightly," said Fitchburg police Lt. Chad Breklin. "It's a dangerous job, and we want to try and be there for everyone and keep everyone safe."

Back at the club, people kept partying and tried to put the bad news behind.

"We closed the door and police said everybody has to stay inside because the guy with the gun is outside and the police are taking care of it and I said, 'We feel more comfortable now.' But it was really bad," said witness Gabriel Navarro.

Brecklin said he expects other investigating agencies to refer more charges in the case.