MADISON, Wis. - The two men killed in two separate shootings in Madison just weeks apart knew each other, the Madison police chief said Wednesday.
A 38-year-old man was shot at the BP gas station on Verona Road Tuesday evening, police said. He died.
His family has identified the victim as Darius Haynes. He was a father of four daughters.
At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Madison police Chief Mike Koval said he met with the family of the man who was killed Tuesday, and the family said they want to see the end of rising violence in Madison.
"No district has been given immunity from this type of gun violence," Koval said. "I'm challenging the community. Someone has to have the capacity to come forward, even if anonymously, to put a stop to this."
Koval said police are using drones, K-9s and canvassing door-to-door as part of the investigation, but police need help from people who could provide information in the case that will lead to identifying and arresting the people involved.
Koval also said the man killed at the gas station and Martez Moore, who was shot and killed April 19 outside O'Grady's Irish Pub on Mineral Point Road, "were certainly conversant with one another (and) from time to time, hung out."
Koval also noted the brazen nature of the shooting as an indicator of how the violence in the city has escalated in 2016. He said the shooting, at 6:24 p.m. Tuesday, was in broad daylight at a busy gas station near the Beltline, a citywide thoroughfare, on a weeknight. He said it was "nothing short of miraculous" that only one person was killed. He said there have been 35 incidents of shots fired this year, and the killing on Verona Road marked the city's fifth homicide, which exceeds the number of murders in 2015.
Darius Haynes' father said he was distraught over Martez Moore's death and attended the funeral Friday.
During the news conference, a police spokesman said the department would not identify the man who was killed, and the official identification would come from the medical examiner's office. Police also said as of Wednesday, the motive for the killing wasn't clear.
Allied Dunn's Marsh Neighborhood Association members will be holding a silent walk from Thursday morning in response to the shooting.
The walk will start at 9:30 a.m. at the old Walgreen's building on Verona Road. Community members will walk in silence to the BP gas station where the shooting happened.
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