Berquam: Violence near campus is unacceptable

May 19, 2012 By John Lucas

University leaders are condemning a serious act of violence that took place early Saturday, May 19 close to the UW–Madison campus.

A gunman fired into a crowd of approximately 100 people near bar on the 600 block of University Avenue, and then fled on foot.

At least three victims were struck: A 26-year old woman from Madison, a 18-year old man from Madison, and a 23-year old man from Madison. None of the victims are UW–Madison students. All are expected to be treated and released from a hospital.

“I’m horrified by the news of a shooting near our campus,” says Berquam. “Madison is generally a safe community and this news is jarring. I’d encourage our campus community to step forward with any information they have available.”

“Lastly, my thoughts go out to those injured in this incident, and I also understand that many students may have been affected as witnesses. I’d encourage you to seek support from University Health Services  today, if needed.”

Berquam and University Health Services counselors will be available to speak to students or family members who would like to discuss the incident at noon today (Saturday, May 19) in the On Wisconsin Room of the Red Gym. In general, the university provides support to students and members of its community in difficult situations.

If you are having difficulty, your reaction is normal as events such as this can overwhelm your natural ability to cope. You may now be experiencing, or may experience later, some strong physical, cognitive, emotional, or behavioral reactions.  Learn more about these reactions and coping tactics.

The suspect is described as a male, black man 20-25 years old, who is 5-feet, 9-inches to 6-feet tall.
There is no known motive for the shooting at this time, and anyone with information is asked to call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at (608) 266-6014. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward.

For assistance with urgent mental health concerns, 24-hour crisis intervention services are available to UW–Madison students, and to others concerned about a UW–Madison student, by calling 608-265-5600 (select option 9).

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