Second suspect in University Avenue shooting arrested near Chicago

Two men face charges in connection with shooting
Second suspect in University Avenue shooting arrested near Chicago

A 20-year-old Fitchburg man was arrested near Chicago on Wednesday in connection with a shooting last month on University Avenue that injured at least three people.

Darrion Brown faces a charge of first-degree reckless endangering safety and a tentative charge of attempted homicide after he was apprehended in Dolton, Ill., located between Chicago and Gary, Ind. 

Madison police said they received a tip about Brown’s location and worked with the Cook County Sheriff’s Department to take Brown into custody.

“We found him and he didn’t put up a fight,” said Joel DeSpain, spokesman for the Madison Police Department. “We took him into custody and we did recover a hand gun.”

Brown is currently being held in the Cook County Jail and faces extradition back to Wisconsin, according to police.

Another suspect, Derek J. Cannon, 22, of Madison, was arrested in Manitowoc last week and is now in the Dane County Jail.

Police said Cannon is suspected of firing a weapon in the air during the shooting incident. He faces charges of first-degree reckless conduct endangering safety and bail jumping, police said.

Michael P. McQueen, 23, and his brother, Christopher J. McQueen, 21, both of Madison, were arrested in the days after the shooting on charges of obstructing the investigation.

The shooting, which occurred on May 19, happened in the 600 block of University Avenue near the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Investigators said that they thought an initial altercation led to a man backing up from a group of about 100 people outside of a bar and firing shots.

The three victims of the shooting were all treated and released from a hospital.

Police said the victims included a 26-year-old woman, a 23-year-old man and an 18-year-old man. One of the victims has been identified as James Madison Memorial High School student-athlete Jamar Morris.

Police are still looking for one more person who might have been hurt in the shooting.
“The person that’s still out there that were trying to find is someone who left a blood trail and fled that area,” said DeSpain. “We believe that person may been shot or shot themselves and then got out of the downtown area. We have not located that person yet.”
DeSpain said that investigators are still trying to determine why the shooting took place and who was firing at who.

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