Crime

Complaint: Woman charged in downtown parking ramp shooting says she wasn't aiming for victim

Victim died after being shot in the chest

MADISON, Wis. - The woman who is being charged in the shooting at a parking ramp downtown on the night of Freakfest told police she was not aiming for the victim or anyone according to the criminal complaint. 

Kenyairra I. Gadson, 21, of Madison was charged Thursday with first-degree intentional homicide. Prosecutors say she is responsible for shooting and killing 21-year-old Steven Villegas in the State Street Campus Parking Garage around 2 a.m. Sunday. 

Gadson gave a statement to police following the incident. She told police that she didn't even know Villegas and wasn't aiming for anyone in particular when she fired the shot. 

When the detective mentioned the tens of thousands of people in the area for Freakfest, Gadson told police she was hoping the bullet would hit the ground or something of the like. When police asked if she had aimed for the ground, Gadson said no. 

"(I) fired off  a shot to like, get them moving around, but I guess they say it ended up hitting somebody," Gadson told police, according to the complaint. 

Villegas died after suffering a gunshot wound from being shot in the chest. 

Despite Gadson's claim of not knowing the victim, people close to the case told police that Gadson had been part of an incident the day before in which someone in her friend group had said to shoot someone who matches Villegas' description, according to the complaint. 

Gadson was in court Thursday. She stood mute and the court entered a not guilty plea. Cash bond was set at $100,000.

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