La Crosse residents react to early morning shooting

La Crosse residents react to early...

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - La Crosse police are investigating a shooting that happened just before 7 a.m. Friday.

They received a call of two or three people breaking into a house at 417 8th Street south.

A resident was home at the time and ended up shooting at the people who broke in.

Police say the resident wasn't sure if he had injured anyone in the shooting.

"As you can see we have our investigators on scene here as well as additional investigators following up on other leads," said Officer Tom Walsh with the La Crosse Police Department.

Area residents say this isn't the first time they've felt unsafe in this neighborhood.

"Previously we've had some issues with burglary into our vehicles that happened this past winter so we definitely took precautions in that sense but we're definitely going to have to take some further measures," said resident John Neumann.

Wisconsin's Castle Doctrine law suggests in certain circumstances, a person may use deadly force to defend themselves against an intruder.

Some residents echo this law, saying they're prepared to fight back if someone ever broke into their house.

"If somebody enters my home I'm definitely going to defend myself and my family," said resident Dan Peirce.

La Crosse police say they are not calling this incident a home invasion quite yet.

"At the end of the day, we are still investigating this, we don't know what this is so until we have additional information it's going to be very challenging for me to make a statement as far as what people should be doing or not doing at this time," Walsh said.

About the same time the intruders were shot at, police did get a report of someone coming into a local hospital with a gunshot wound.

Mayo Clinic Health System officials also confirmed their hospital was on lock down for a brief time this morning, but aren't saying if it was connected to the incident.



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