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Police investigating multiple shootings for possible connection

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New information from the La Crosse Police Sunday evening said the department is investigating whether five shooting incidents over the weekend are related.

Earlier on Sunday, La Crosse Police reported there were four incidents.

Two people suffered non-life threatening injuries in two of the incidents, and police said both men are related to each other.

The first man wounded in the early Saturday morning shooting is identified as Paul D. Thomas Sr, 40, while the man wounded in the Sunday afternoon incident is identified as Paul D. Thomas, Jr., 19  Police didn't elaborate on how the two men are related.

The sequence of events started with two incidents that happened Friday night, followed by one early Saturday morning, one early Sunday morning, and another Sunday afternoon.

The timeline provided by police shows the first incident happened at 8:53 p.m. when a home at 1102 5th Avenue South was hit by one gunshot. Investigators later found a second shooting at the intersection of 5th and Mississippi, with one home being hit at 412 Mississippi Street. A number of shell casings were collected by police from that scene, which stretched around the corner along 5th Avenue. Several shots were fired by the people inside a silver vehicle in both instances according to police.

The next incident happened at 1:33 a.m. when Paul D. Thomas, Sr. was shot in the foot while outside his home at 717 5th Avenue South. He told investigators he heard a noise, turned, saw two flashes, and ran. When he reached Fire Station #1, he realized he'd been shot and returned home, where he called police. He was later taken to a La Crosse hospital for treatment. Thomas told investigators that he didn't know of any suspects or see anyone in the area of the shooting.

Early Sunday morning, officers went to the 900 block of 5th Avenue South for witnesses reporting shots fired. The witnesses also reported seeing three young black males between the ages of 15 and 20 running from the neighborhood. No injuries were reported or any damage found.

The Sunday afternoon shooting happened at 1:49 p.m. when officers were called to the 9th and Cameron Street area. While officers responded, the victim, Paul D. Thomas, Jr., was at 712 Cass Street. Police said Thomas, Jr. had gone to the residence after being wounded and the people there called 9-1-1. Thomas, Jr. was treated and released from a La Crosse hospital for his wounds. Police then took him into custody for an outstanding warrant and a probation hold. He told investigators he had no possible suspects or reasons for the shooting. Investigators did find a handgun in the area of 400 9th Street South during a search of the area. They also believe that this was the area where the shooting occurred. 

In a statement from the department, they said that they don't believe there is any danger to the general public.

The department is adding extra patrols to that area.

The statement also said that while they don't have any suspects, the investigation is ongoing.


UPDATE: La Crosse Police are now saying there were four other shootings over the weekend including the the shooting Sunday that sent a 19-year-old man to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries..

A police spokesperson clarified an earlier statement that there were four other incidents, not five as they previously told News 19.

One took place Friday night around on the 1100th block of 5th Avenue West and Mississippi Street. Another happened early Saturday morning, sending one victim to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Two other shootings took place on Sunday, including the one near 9th Street and Division Street. 

La Crosse Police are investigating a shooting Sunday that sent a 19-year-old man to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Tri-State Ambulance received a call just before 2 p.m. Police said the man was shot and went to a nearby house at 712 Cass Street where residents then called 9-1-1. 

Police were able to trace the gunshots to an area near the 400 block of South 9th Street and Division Street, which is now blocked off. 

Police are investigating whether or not the shooting is related to three other shootings that took place over the weekend. La Crosse Police said there were two shootings on Friday night, one near 5th Avenue West and Mississippi Street, along with two separate incidents, one on Saturday and another on Sunday. Saturday's shooting sent another victim to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. That victim has since been released. No other details have been released on those shootings at this time.

Police did say they do not believe there is any threat to the public and they are investigating the relationship between all four shootings.

Officials said no arrests have been made. They will be releasing more information as the investigation unfolds. 

News 19 will continue to follow the story. 

MORE INFORMATION: Police investigating shots fired at 5th and Mississippi

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