Police say dozens of gunshots fired at Demetral Park, guns and ammo left behind

MADISON, Wis. — Madison police say dozens of gunshots were fired near a park packed with people Friday night, with stray bullets whizzing past construction workers in the area and hitting two nearby homes.

Police say the shots were fired around 8:15 p.m. at Demetral Park, where officers estimated about 100 people had gathered as fireworks were going off in the area.

Two officers were in the park at the time of the shooting and were able to check on those who were in attendance. No injuries were reported, police said.

Officers found a total of about a dozen shell casings inside a park shelter and at the park’s basketball courts. More shell casings were also found at a nearby bike path. A backpack left at the park had several loaded magazines inside.

Police said two occupied homes in the area were hit by stray bullets, but no injuries were reported at either location. A group of construction workers on the same block also said bullets flew above their heads.

The Maple Bluff Police Department also responded to the call and found two unoccupied cars in the area with guns, drugs and money inside, Madison police said.

The investigation into the incident is still ongoing and nobody has been arrested as of Monday afternoon.

This was the second incident involving guns at Demetral Park in a week, as police also responded to a fight at the park on Sunday, June 19 in which multiple people reportedly pulled out guns. No shots were fired in that incident, but two people were arrested and two guns were seized.