Update: Authorities identify man killed in east side shooting

Update: Authorities identify man killed in east side shooting

The Dane County medical examiner’s office released the name of the man killed during a shooting on Madison’s east side Saturday morning.

Authorities say 28-year-old Sammel Erving of Madison died at the scene from gun shot wounds.

Madison police are still searching for a suspect or suspects involved in the shooting.

Forensic evidence shows that those involved knew each other, and police said the public is not in danger.

Madison police responded to shots fired at 4:25 a.m. at the Auto Zone lot, at 3535 E. Washington Ave. When they arrived they found Erving on the ground. First responders made efforts to revive him.

“This individual did die as a result of multiple gunshot wounds,” Police Chief Mike Koval said.

The investigation is still on going, police are asking for any witnesses to come forward.

“The exact origin of those 911 calls are still somewhat ambiguous and I think that is going to be trailed,” Koval said.

This shooting marks the 5th gun related homicide in Madison, this year.

“One is too many, but relative to the cities our size of a quarter of a million, we are well below the national average,” Koval said. “My goodness just look 70 miles to the east and ask the poor people of Milwaukee what homicides have meant to their community.”

Madison police have yet to say what the motive is. When asked if this incident could be linked to other crime in the area, police said they have not ruled out if drugs or gangs were a factor.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Madison Police Department or Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 266-6014.