Police: Youth linked to Saturday shooting

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Gazette Staff
January 21, 2008
— A 14-year-old Janesville boy was referred to juvenile authorities Sunday in connection with a shooting downtown Saturday night, but police do not think he was the shooter.

An 18-year-old Janesville man was shot in the lower leg. He was treated and released at Mercy Hospital after the shooting at 8:45 p.m. Saturday in or near the YMCA parking lot of Dodge and River streets.

Police still are seeking the triggerman.

They donít yet have an identity or description of the shooter, who was male, said Lt. Tim Hiers, head of the detective bureau, but investigators think the 14-year-old can give them information.

The 14-year-old was referred on a charge of disorderly conduct and a probation hold.

Officers initially thought the shooting might be gang-on-gang violence because the 14-year-old is suspected of being affiliated with a street gang, Hiers said, but investigators now think the incident might have erupted from an argument over a girl.

The victim does not appear to have any gang affiliation, he explained.

The incident involved five individuals on one side of the argument, and up to seven on the other side, Hiers said.

The number of shots that witnesses reported they heard ranges from at least four to as many as nine, he added.

Police did not yet recover a weapon.

It appears that only one gun was used, Hiers said, and because officers did not find ejected cartridge casings in the area, they think a revolver was used.

Police are not investigating the shooting as an attempted murder, Hiers said.

Rather they are looking at it as a case of recklessly engendering safety, he said.

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