Man arrested in connection with shooting brought to Madison

Man arrested in connection with shooting brought to Madison
Claude Knight

A Chicago man arrested in Chicago in connection with a shooting in Madison that injured four people has been brought to the Dane County Jail.

Police said Claude D. Knight, 28, was taken into custody Feb. 22 by the U.S. Marshals’ Fugitive Task Force. He’s tentatively charged with first-degree reckless endangering safety.

In the early morning hours of Feb. 19, police responded to a report of shots fired at the BP gas station at 4222 E. Washington Ave. As officers arrived, multiple vehicles were leaving the area. A man was found with a non-life-threatening injury at the gas station and three others arrived at Madison hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the report. More than 20 bullet casings from at least three guns were found at the scene, police said.

Christopher L. Somersett Jr., 22, of Madison, was taken into custody Feb. 24 on Madison’s south side.

Somersett faces a tentative charge of attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

Police Chief Mike Koval said the shooting was gang-related and called it a concerning incident. But the same day as the shooting, family members of the men who were shot said that the incident wasn’t related to any gang activity.

Surveillance video and witness statements helped the Madison police violent crimes unit piece together the sequence of events in the BP lot, police said. The evidence also enabled detectives to identify and arrest two of at least three shooters.