Police ID suspect in fatal shooting at Madison group home

2 employees at Madison group home shot

Madison police have identified the man they believe shot two women who were working at a group home Wednesday night.

Madison police Chief Mike Koval said during a news conference Wednesday night that the 23-year-old Madison woman who was shot at about 7 p.m. died at the home in the 5300 block of Kevins Way. The 31-year-old Madison woman who was shot several times is out of surgery and in stable condition, police said Thursday morning.

Police said 25-year-old Ali A. Hassan, of Fitchburg, who also worked for the same company as the victims, left the scene after the shooting and struck a car. A woman and her 7-year-old child inside the car suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Hassan was detained at the crash scene on Open Wood Way at 7:09 p.m.

Koval said police believe the woman who died at the home was the target of the violence. She is originally from Africa, and officers were working to identify her, he said. Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said police don’t believe the public is in danger.

According to a release, the specific motivation for the shooting has not been determined.

The three adults living at the home have cognitive disabilities, police said. They were not injured in the shooting and were safe Wednesday night, Koval said.

The gun believed to have been used in the shooting was recovered inside the Kevins Way house.

The group home, run by REM Wisconsin, is about a third of a mile north of Cottage Grove Road.

The shooting at the Kevins Way home is the ninth homicide in Madison this year, Koval said.