From the Journal-Sentinel at
Man shot, killed on State St. in Madison
A Minnesota man was shot and killed in downtown Madison overnight.
Austin David Bodahl, 23, of Waconia, Minn. was shot following a fight in the 600 block of State St. at 11:54 p.m. Tuesday, according to a Madison Police Department news release and the Dane County Coroner's office.
Police closed the block for several hours while they processed evidence.
Authorities arrested the shooting suspect, whom police did not identify, upon their arrival and recovered a gun, according to the Police Department, which said the victim and suspect appear to have known each other.
The Wisconsin State Journal identified the suspect as Daniel Kelly, 31, of Madison.
Police are looking for cell phone pictures taken by people during the fight and ask for anyone with information to call the Madison Area Crime Stoppers at (608) 266-6014.
From the Wisconsin State Journal at
State Street shooting: Suspect and victim identified
State Journal staff
One man is dead after a shooting in the 600-block of State Street just before midnight Tuesday.
The Dane County Coroner's Office has identified the victim as Austin David Bodahl, 23, of Waconia, Minn. Madison police said Bodahl recently came to Madison, but had no permanent address. Bodahl was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Madison police have detained Daniel A. Kelly, 31, of Madison on a second degree intentional homicide charge.
A witness said he saw one man shoot another man while they were fighting in the street; a statement Wednesday afternoon from Madison police confirmed the fight started in the street, adding that the two may have known each other. The witness, who would only identify himself as an employee of City Bar, 636 State St., said he heard four shots and then saw a man who had been shot sprawled on the sidewalk.
At about 12:30 a.m., police had blocked off part of the block and were interviewing potential witnesses.
Police said the shooting does not appear to be a random act and there is no continuing threat to the community.
Three witnesses, who didn't want to be named, said they saw several men fighting in the street near City Bar, then saw one of them down on the sidewalk.
One of the witnesses said he heard someone yell, "You shot him. Why the hell did you shoot him?"
The Madison Police Department is looking for more witnesses to the shooting, and is particularly interested in finding anyone who took cell-phone photos of the fight prior to the shooting. If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 266-6014.
Mayor Dave Cieslewicz issued a statement Wednesday morning saying "although murders are extremely rare in Madison, I am very concerned whenever a serious crime like this takes place."
Cieslewicz said this was only the second murder in Madison this year and that Downtown crime in general is down compared with last year. He noted the city implemented a Downtown Safety Initiative this year to provide funding for police overtime, neighborhood watch programs and other resources.
"Overall, our community, including Downtown Madison, remains extremely safe," Cieslewicz said. "That said, we must always strive to do better. Even one murder a year in our community is too many."
Owners and managers of State Street businesses said they believe the shooting was an isolated incident rather than the symptom of a growing safety problem there.
But others said the shooting may be part of escalating violence on the street, which may cause people to avoid the area, especially at night.
Faycal Belakhdar, owner of the Mediterranean Cafe, 625 State St., said he found out about the shooting when he opened his business Wednesday morning.
"Of course, it's kind of scary," he said. "You always worry about the people who live here. If it happened during the night, I'm sure it can happen during the day."
But Belakhdar said the area is fairly safe because police officers often park their squad cars near the shooting scene because there's room to park on the sidewalk.
John Williamson, owner of Sports World at 510 State St., said violence in the State Street area already is keeping people away.
"When they see a beating or a mugging, they don't relate to the fact that its 3 o'clock in the morning — it's a beating or mugging around State Street," he said. "Most of our friends want nothing to do with State Street.
If you or anyone you know has information about the shooting on State Street late Tuesday night, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 608-252-6120.
Some personal commentary follows.
Having partied in Madison for 10 years now (and I'm suddenly feeling really old), things have definitely gone downhill up there. Sure, it's VERY safe when compared to any city its size or bigger. However, I can't help but feeling the changes. The panhandlers have changed. They were a lot more sedate in years past; talkative, friendly, and generally very decent people. Today there are more panhandlers and these ones are more bold and angry. I used to never cross the street to avoid them; if anything, they were just generally cool people who told some whacked out stories. Today I find myself crossing the street to avoid their shouts and to avoid getting followed. I've caught people trying to lift my wallet and attempting to steal out of my friends' purses; this never happened before. Bar fights, once solely the province of drunken frat boys fighting over females and/or wang size, are becoming more far more common among all sorts of people from all walks of life. Some of my friends and a few family members attending UW have reported issues with car break-ins. This was all but unheard of only a few years ago. I've also heard that robbery is becoming an issue as well.
Man, what's going on up there? Sure, things are still good; above average if truth be told. But still, increases are increases and this sort of crap isn't cool.