Children, mother ‘nearly struck’ by bullets fired at apartment building, police say

Children, mother ‘nearly struck’ by bullets fired at apartment building, police say

A mother told police she and her children were “nearly struck” by bullets that were fired at an apartment building on the city’s north side.

According to a news release, officers responded to multiple reports of shots being fired near the 800 block of Troy Drive, near Warner Park, at 10:01 p.m. Wednesday.

There were bullet holes in two bedrooms of an apartment that was shot at. the mother told police one of the bedrooms that was shot had her two sons — ages 5 and 7 — were sleeping. She was in the other bedroom preparing a bottle for her baby who was in a nearby crib.

“It was a close call, and the children’s mom was crying and hyperventilating while telling officers that she and her children were nearly hit,” said Joel Despain with the Madison Police Department in the report.

Police do not believe the family was targeted in the shooting.

When they arrived at the scene, they recovered eight casings spread over 15 feet along nearby School Road. Police said the pattern indicates shots were fire from something that was moving, but not very fast.

One witness told police they saw a minivan and a dark-colored sedan driving somewhat slowly through the area around the time of the gunfire.

Police ask anyone with information regarding the incident call the Madison Police Department at 608-255-2345.

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