1 killed, 5 others injured in Town of Beloit shooting prompted by dispute, police say

TOWN OF BELOIT, Wis. — Police say that one person died and five others were injured Thursday night in a Town of Beloit shooting.

Rock County Dispatch confirmed receiving a report involving a person with a gunshot wound in the 1900 block of Porter Avenue at 6:07 p.m.

According to a press release from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office, officers found three gunshot victims when they arrived. One person was pronounced dead at the scene. Two were transported to the hospital.

While officers were still at the scene, three gunshot victims brought themselves to a local emergency room, prompting hospital staff to contact Beloit police. Three people were treated for their gunshot wounds and released. Two remained to receive treatment for their life-threatening injuries as of Friday afternoon.

All of those involved in the incident were from the greater Beloit area, ranging in age from 17 to 23 years old.

During a Friday afternoon media briefing, Captain Curt Fell with the Rock County Sheriff’s Office said the shooting happened after some sort of dispute broke out while those involved were gathered in a detached garage. The dispute in question led to gunfire, according to Fell.

Police said they were still canvassing multiple scenes near the garage Friday afternoon to determine what happened. Fell said law enforcement had recovered numerous shell casings and other pieces of evidence as part of the investigation. Several weapons were also taken into evidence, but Fell did not elaborate on what types of guns or weapons they were.

One person involved in the incident was taken into custody on unrelated charges. Fell said law enforcement authorities do not plan to have any changes in the near future tied to the incident. Charges may come as the investigation continues.

Fell added that the investigation is expected to take “several days, if not weeks, to complete.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Rock County Sheriff’s Office, Town of Beloit police, or Beloit Area Crime Stoppers.