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'It's unacceptable': City leaders react to shootings across Madison

'It's unacceptable': City leaders react to shootings across Madison
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'It's unacceptable': City leaders react to shootings across Madison

MADISON, Wis. - City leaders call for action following a shooting on the Beltline during rush hour Friday morning. 

"We are way, way past the point of concern," Alder Paul Skidmore said. "We are at the point of action."

Skidmore said gun control is only a fragment of the solution, and making laws won't completely fix it either.

"We need to change the culture that allows this to happen. We need to change the culture on the city council and in the mayor's office to say enough is enough," Skidmore said. 

He said a start to the solution is by supporting the Madison Police Department. 

Alder Tag Evers said changes need to be made to the gun laws.

"I support the Universal Background Checks Bill introduced by Governor (Tony) Evers and call upon fellow Madisonians to join me in calling for a vote in the State Assembly and Senate," Evers said in an email. 

Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway did not respond to a request for an interview. 

"To hear that these kinds of incidents are happening in our city, this cannot become the new norm," Michael Johnson, Boys & Girls Club of Dane County CEO, said.

Johnson said he thinks shootings like this are unacceptable and show a lack of humanity. 

"Kids are going to camp at that time, people are going to work, and for someone to carelessly start shooting on the Beltline, it's just irresponsible," Johnson said.

Johnson said action needs to take place to mitigate risk and identify issues before they happen.

"We have to do a better job as a city making sure we have guns off the street, and the people who have access to guns like that are not causing harm," Johnson said. 

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