Madison police say 3 shot during memorial service at park, describe scene as ‘chaotic’

Garner Park Shooting

MADISON, Wis. — Three people were shot Tuesday night in Madison while attending a memorial service for a homicide victim.

The shooting happened around 9 p.m. as several hundred people, including children, were at Garner Park honoring the life of Maurice Bowman, who was shot and killed ten days ago on Shroeder Road.

Police were nearby monitoring the crowd when they heard gunfire. Officers said it appears the group was inside the park’s pavilion when multiple people approached and fired shots into the crowd.

Madison police described the scene as chaotic during a press conference Wednesday afternoon. Officers could reportedly see muzzle flashes as they ran into the park.

“People were fleeing into the neighborhoods, hiding in backyards, hiding behind trees, trying to escape the shooting,” Wahl said.

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Officers searched the park looking for injured people, suspects and evidence.

A 24-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman were shot in the leg and a 32-year-old man was shot in the foot, according to Madison’s acting police chief Vic Wahl. Two others were also injured, but Wahl did not provide specific details on their injures.

“The fact that there were no fatalities or not a much higher level of injuries is just something. We’re lucky, we should all be grateful for,” Wahl said.

Three guns and dozens of spent shell casings were found at the park. One of those guns was an assault-style weapon.

“When you have 63 plus rounds being fired, some from an assault rifle in a neighborhood like this, there’s no doubt that creates a risk to the community,” Wahl said.

Two people, a 23-year-old man and a 24-year-old man, were arrested in connection to the shooting.

Madison city crews spent Wednesday morning cleaning up the food and debris left behind at the park shelter.