How many crime-ridden areas abut a large park? Welcome to Madison and the Elver Park area. A 29-year-old man was shot dead at 3 this morning while sitting in his car on Adderbury Lane, just south of Raymond Road and only blocks from the west side police station.
Another day in the hood, another shooting — this one, fatal.
The real news is that Michael Johnson is quitting his role in Focused Interruption, the 15-point neighborhood intervention plan championed by Alders Mo Cheeks and Matt Phair here on the SW side of town.
At 12:51 this after, Michael Johnson, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Madison, notified Mayor Soglin and the alders:
I am sorry that another young man lost his life early this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones. It’s sad to witness the consistent lack of humanity from those committing these senseless acts of crime. Their actions should be condemned and our community has to get better about mitigating and responding to these issues because it’s hurting our children and our community overall.
After listening to several new initiatives being proposed over the last few weeks and with the summer being half way over and no real coordinated efforts to address the record breaking shootings occurring in our city. I’ve decided that Boys & Girls Clubs will NO LONGER be apart of any publicly funded efforts associated with response teams. I appreciate the Mayor and the Common Council for unanimously supporting the 15 Point Plan. But with the number of incidents occurring or and no contract executed that would hire grass root leaders from the community to do this work. I am convinced we are not ready to address this issue. Boys & Girls Clubs will continue to work with the victims of children and families when called upon with private support and appreciate all those who have steeped up so far to try to address these issues.
Meanwhile, police spokesman Joel DeSpain told The State Journal, “The Violent Crime Unit is very concerned about retaliation because of this individual being shot.”