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Man dies after Olde Towne Mall incident

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Gazette staff
March 7, 2012
— Police late Tuesday afternoon were investigating an apparent suicide attempt after a man was found shot in front of Rep. Paul Ryan's constituent services office in the Olde Towne Mall, 20 S. Main St.

The man later died at Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center.


A person who said he saw a note in the man's hand said it contained no political references. Janesville Deputy Police Chief Dan Davis said that Ryan's staff had not had any previous contact with the 42-year-old man.


A spokesman for Ryan said the congressman was in Washington, D.C.


Joe Jimenez of Local Vision TV said he heard the shot from his office in the mall, and he was one of the first on the scene. Jimenez said an acupuncturist who has an office in the mall was trying to staunch the blood from what Jimenez said appeared to be a neck wound.


The note said the man intended to kill himself, Jimenez said. It said the man had loaded one bullet into his gun and intended the shot to be fatal. The note asked that nobody resuscitate him and indicated he was an organ donor. The note included the phone numbers of what appeared to be family or friends, Jimenez said.


A person at the scene was heard telling police that the man had a faint pulse.


Peace activists who regularly stand vigil outside the mall said they did not hear the shot inside.


Police closed off the block of South Main Street from East Milwaukee Street to East Court Street while they investigated.


The name of the victim is not being released pending notification of family members.



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