Neighbors try to return to normal after shooting

The neighborhood surrounding the 1300 block of Redfield Street was quiet Saturday afternoon.

Residents said Friday morning’s shooting is tragic because not only did someone lose his life, but other lives will never be the same.

Saturday, neighbors were trying to go back to their daily routine.

“Well today I feel a little bit better, yesterday was kind of scary,” said Rebecca Ehlers, who lives just down the street from where 18-year-old Deshawn Randall allegedly shot 17-year-old George Miller before the two ran from the area.

Ehlers said in the eight years she has lived in the neighborhood nothing like this has ever happened. She said she used to be able to let her grandkids play in the front yard alone, but now that has changed.

“It is hard to feel safe,” she said.

Ehlers said over the past 24 hours she has been thinking a lot about what happened.

“My heart goes out to both families and both the victim and the shooter,” she said.

Ehlers said she feels terrible for Miller’s family, but said Randall is just a kid.

“Sometimes we forget what their life must have been like to lead them to do something like that.”

Ehlers said La Crosse residents need to use this tragedy as a sign that something needs to change.

“What can we do to educate these young people to get them off the streets, to get them away from drugs, to get them the help that they need,” she said.

Ehlers said she doesn’t know what led to the shooting, but what she does know is that something needs to be done to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

“It’s a tragedy on both ends, both the victim and the shooter. I mean, we didn’t lose one life yesterday, we lost two,” Ehlers said.

Randall was arrested late Friday night after an hourslong standoff with police. He will be in court Monday. He is charged with first-degree intentional homicide.