Shot fired at mall not reported until day later

Witnesses say gun may have fired after dropped in food court

MADISON, Wis. - Madison police are investigating the strong possibility that a gun was fired at West Towne Mall in the food court Saturday afternoon.

Witnesses reported hearing a loud bang and saw a handgun beneath a table where several men were seated, according to the report. Witnesses told police it appeared the firearm discharged after falling to the floor.

Police spokesman Joel DeSpain said police responded to a report that the suspect had returned Sunday just after 2 p.m., which is also when the police learned about the possible shot fired Saturday.

Food court employees said they did not call police Saturday to report the weapon violation because they were afraid, according to the report.

Officers were dispatched when possible suspects returned to the food court Sunday. DeSpain said no arrest was made Sunday due to lack of probable cause, but that the man who is suspected in the incident is a 19-year-old Madison resident.

Police said there were no reports of injuries or property damage.

If a bullet was fired, it is not clear where it went, DeSpain added.

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