1 dead, 1 injured after at least 8 shots fired outside Madison bar

Injured man found in car on Schroeder Road

A 30-year-old man has died from gunshot wounds following a homicide that happened outside a restaurant just north of the West Towne Mall early Tuesday morning.

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said police have found at least eight different gun casings that came from two different guns outside Martin O’Grady’s Irish Pub in the 7400 block of Mineral Point Road where the incident occurred.

Koval said another man was found later in a car on Schroeder Road suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the hand. He was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released.

But Koval said the entire community needs to step up to stop incidents like this. “To take care of gun violence, we need all hands on deck,” Koval said.

Koval said about 15 to 20 people entered O’Grady’s earlier in the evening. Just after 1 a.m., about half of the group went into the parking lot, where a gun battle erupted.

Koval said a vehicle was seen speeding away from the scene. A Dane County sheriff’s deputy saw a car that match the description of the vehicle on Schroeder Road shortly after the shooting. Koval said the vehicle was seized for evidence.

Koval said no one is in custody, and very few people involved are willing to talk about what happened.

“A lot of people here ‘don’t know nothing about nothing’,” Koval said. “We have to stop that. Someone has to step forward and step out, and tell us who did what to whom.”

Koval said the shooting is symptomatic of a larger issue in the community.

“These are things that rock the foundation of our world,” said Koval. “Our worlds are being rocked by people that think gun play can resolve issues.” 

Koval said many of the people they have talked to are not strangers to the criminal justice system, and that some of the people involved have gang affiliations. Koval said detectives from the department’s violent crimes unit are at the scene trying to conduct an investigation.

Koval was unsure how long the crime tape would remain up at the scene. He said police would try to tighten the scene over time so businesses in the strip mall would be allowed to operate.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Madison police.