2 in custody connected with brazen gun violence in Madison

Two men are in custody in connection with recent gun violence in the city, police said Thursday in a news conference.

Madison police arrested 58-year-old Rickey L. Jones, of Madison, and 20-year-old Earl D. Galtney, who is homeless.

Jones and Galtney are accused of exchanging gunfire following a drug deal gone wrong, police said.

The two were shooting at one another inside and outside an apartment building, police said.

At the time of the shooting, there were three other people in the apartment where the shots were being fired, police said.

Police said “brazen” gun violence like the MacArthur Road shooting Tuesday has become a trend in Madison, and the department is asking the community to help officers tamp gun crime down.

During the news conference at the MPD Central District station Thursday, police said officers are fed up with gun crime and gang violence, and are drawing a line in the sand this year. Police said about 200 people in Madison are involved in gang activity.

Jones, 58, was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon after a shooting on the 1200 block of MacArthur Road. No one was injured, police said.

Galtney was arrested in the 1600 block of Fordem Avenue Wednesday afternoon on charges of second-degree recklessly endangering safety, possession of marijuana and possessing a firearm as a felon.

Police said Thursday that Galtney, who flaunts a gangster lifestyle and has been connected to gang activities since 2011, is also potential person of interest in the East Towne Mall shooting on Dec. 19 that injured a 19-year-old man.

Police Chief Mike Koval said he was “euphoric” at news that Galtney had been arrested.

“This guy is so reckless that I don’t know who is going to get hurt next,” he said. “We’re just lucky no one was hurt on MaCarthur Road this week.”

Koval also issued a warning along with the arrest announcement.

“I’m tired of getting these calls of other people’s lives being put in harm’s way owing to the hi-jinx of some gangsters or wanna-bes,” he said. “We’re tired of you folks. We want to work with you, but if you’re not going with the flow then you’re going to have to deal with the MPD every step of the way.”

Madison police will recommend four counts of second-degree reckless endangerment charges against Jones.

The MPD’s Violent Crimes Unit, Gang Unit and SWAT were joined by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Dane County Narcotics Task Force in the investigation.