Attempted Homicide: Jenewein Road

A Madison man was shot on the 4700 block of Jenewein Road Monday night by unknown perpetrators after a clash broke out between two groups in the city’s west-side neighborhood.

According to Madison Police Department Lt. Cory Nelson, the gunshot wounds were not fatal, and a local hospital released the victim from the hospital today after he was treated for his injuries.

An MPD statement said the incident, in which one victim was shot and another was battered, stemmed from a disagreement between two groups. The statement said the victims are both Madison residents in their twenties and were taken to the hospital after the incident with nonlife threatening injuries.

Nelson said he was unsure if the violence was gang-related.

MPD detectives are in the process of identifying the perpetrators so they can be apprehended for their crimes, the statement said.

“There are people of interest [MPD] is currently looking for,” Nelson said.

State Street: Robbery

MPD detained a man Tuesday as a suspect in a robbery that occurred shortly after 9 a.m. at the Community Pharmacy on 341 State Street.

According to an MPD statement, the suspect entered the pharmacy and kept his hand in his pocket, implying he had a weapon, and demanded drugs. The statement said the drugs the suspect took included the painkiller morphine.

The suspect ran away after robbing the pharmacy, the statement said.

The statement said the suspect was found near East Towne Mall while he was walking along East Washington Avenue.

Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, said there has been a rash of pharmacy robberies in the Madison area this year. He said police arrested a man at a pharmacy in the Madison suburb of DeForest recently and believe the suspect is responsible for a series of pharmacy robberies.

Robberies have continued, and the arrested man was not solely responsible for all of the robberies, he said. He said there has been an increase in demand for painkillers, which include drugs like morphine and Oxycontin.

“It is a result of the continuing opiate epidemic in America,” Verveer said. “Opiate addictions and the black market price of opiates have motivated these robberies.”