Man arrested in connection with fatal Madison shooting; police call targeted incident ‘concerning’

Man arrested in connection with fatal Madison shooting; police call targeted incident ‘concerning’

One man has been arrested in connection with a shooting Saturday afternoon that left a man dead, according to an incident report.

Marcus Hamilton, 20, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree intentional homicide, police said.

Officers were called to the 1000 block of Spruce Street just after 1:15 p.m. for shots fired, according to an incident report.

Police said when they arrived at the scene, one victim was found and transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. The victim was pronounced dead Saturday evening as a result of his injuries.

“Any time something like this happens and involves young people, it’s an absolute tragedy,” Assistant Police Chief John Patterson said.

Police believe the shooter and victim knew each other. While Patterson said it appears this wasn’t a random attack, it’s still worrisome.

“Any time there’s guns being fired in a city as populated as all, that’s an absolute concern,” Patterson said. “You’ve heard us talk several times in the recent past, talking about incidents involving guns in the city. It’s absolutely very concerning.”

According to police, the victim was a young man not from Dane County, although he was a Wisconsin resident. The victim’s name will be released at a later time.

Hamilton was accepted into the deferred prosecution unit after being charged with forgery in 2018, according to court documents.

The Deferred Prosecution Unit allows eligible defendants to avoid a criminal conviction by agreeing to a contract with the Dane County District Attorney.

Hamilton’s contract was set to expire in September 2020, according to court documents.

Patterson said police are still investigating, including looking into the possibility of others being involved.

Those with information can call the Violent Crime Unit at 608-243-0535 or Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

Court records show Hamilton was recently allowed to enter a deferred prosecution program on a forgery charge. The shooting was Madison’s third homicide of the year.

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