Woman arrested in Fitchburg triple shooting

Fitchburg police said officers arrested a woman in connection with a triple shooting this weekend.

Police said they responded to a call on High Ridge Trail about 11:56 a.m. Sunday. The caller said multiple people were fighting in a parking lot. During the call, multiple gunshots were fired.

When police arrived, they described a chaotic scene with multiple people still there. A 21-year-old woman with a life-threatening gunshot wound and a 22-year-old woman with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound were taken to a hospital.

Fitchburg police chief Chad Brecklin says, “It would be great if people resolved their differences in ways that didn’t involve firearms.”

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A short time later, a 49-year-old woman arrived at a hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot injury. She said she was shot during the incident on High Ridge Trail.

Police arrested the 22-year-old, Shaquita Lee, of Fitchburg. Authorities said she was the one who fired a handgun and hit the 21-year-old victim. She is now in the Dane County Jail on a tentative first-degree attempted homicide charge.

Investigators also interviewed a 28-year-old man who was at the scene and is believed to have fired shots during the incident, as well. Police said he is cooperating.

Police discovered two handguns at the scene and said they are currently looking into whether they were obtained legally. Police are not looking for any other suspects and note everyone involved either knew or were acquainted with one another. They believe the initial fight was part of an ongoing feud related to a family matter.

Fitchburg Police Chief Chad Brecklin said there could be more arrests made as their investigation progresses and believes there could have been seven or eight others involved in the original dispute before police arrived.

The 21-year-old victim is still in the hospital, and the 49-year-old is expected to be released from the hospital Monday.

Brecklin said he does not believe this incident is related to the ongoing investigation of the murder of Shay Watson. However, Brecklin said having to investigate two gun violence related incidents, “with a department our size, that can present some challenges, The original investigators who are on the Watson case are still assigned to that. They are continuing to be assisted by other investigative personnel agencies like the Dane County Sheriff’s Office, and we have a separate pair of investigators here from Fitchburg assigned to this particular case.”

Brecklin also said that suddenly dealing with two gun-related violence occurrences in a short span of time, after going the entire year without something like this happening, is disappointing.

“It would be great if people resolved their differences in ways that didn’t involve firearms, but that’s apparently not the reality that we live in right now. So, we will continue to do our part to hold people accountable for their behavior,” Brecklin said.

The investigation is ongoing, and authorities are interested in talking with anyone who may have been a witness. Anyone with information is asked to call the Fitchburg Police Department at 608-270-4300 or Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

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