Witness describes people running for their lives after shooting in La Crosse bar

Shooting occurred around 12:45 a.m. at Twisted Moose in downtown La Crosse

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Authorities are investigating an overnight shooting at a downtown La Crosse bar that left the victim on life support, according to the La Crosse Police Department.

It unfolded at the Twisted Moose, also known as La Crosse Bierhaus, causing customers and others to run for their lives.

The shooting happened at about 12:47 a.m. Saturday.

While the suspect initially fled the scene, he was apprehended and has been identified as 31-year-old Timothy Young. He is being held on a first-degree intentional homicide charge.

Timothy Neal Young

Timothy Young is being held on first-degree intentional homicide.

Young was a firefighter for the Spring Grove Fire Department. Back in mid-May, he was reported missing and found six days later.

One witness says she was walking out of Qdoba Mexican Grill across from the street from Twisted Moose when she heard a gunshot ring out.

“People basically were like screaming and, you know, scared running from the bar,” witness Autumn Rowan said. “I didn’t know what was happening, so I just ran to my car.”

Rowan then says she took a picture of the scene after police arrived, and sent it to her friends to let them know what was happening.

“There was a gal on the ground,” Rowan said. “She was crying. People in general just were really shocked around the area. Police were basically parking down the street, running down the road, pointing at people looking to get away.”

La Crosse Bierhaus posted on its Facebook page earlier Saturday that they are closed for the weekend in light of the shooting. The bar is not be commenting further about the incident because the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the La Crosse Police Department at (608)-789-7200.

You can also provide information anonymously, by calling the La Crosse Area Crime Stoppers at (608)-784-TIPS (8477).