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Update: Victim identified in southside homicide

Madison police have released the name of the victim killed over the weekend on the city's south side.

Darren J. Goodwan, 25, of Madison was found along West Badger Road early Saturday morning suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to an area hospital, but later died from his injuries.

The county medical examiner says the cause of death was from "homicidal firearm trauma."

Officers were called to the area around 3:30 a.m. Saturday, after a report of shots fired.

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said investigators have several significant leads in the case, but have not taken a suspect into custody.

"We have definitely got our eyes set on someone," Koval said.

Koval added officers believe the victim knew the suspect in some way, but are not yet sure about a motive.

Koval also said a second person was injured in the incident. Those injuries were not life-threatening and were likely not caused by gunfire.

Credit union hosts shred event, food drive

A local credit union will be holding a shredding event and food drive Saturday morning, according to a release.

The Dane County Credit Union will be sponsoring the event where personal documents will be confidentially destroyed and recycled for a non-perishable food donation, organizers said.

The event will be held from 8-10 a.m. at the Dane County Credit Union at 709 Struck Street in Madison.

Food donations will go to area food pantries through the Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin, according to the release.

Organizers are asking participants to only bring personal papers and to be as generous as possible with the food donations.

Many 6th-graders falling behind on required vaccination

Getting kids back to school is just one priority for parents. Another is making sure kids are caught up on their vaccinations.

Many schools report that the biggest gap in school immunizations is with the Tdap, a vaccine that boosts protection against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) and is required for entry into the sixth grade.

In July, the Madison Metropolitan School District sent 1,200 letters to parents of incoming sixth-graders who still needed their Tdap boosters. Other districts will be taking similar actions over the next couple of months.

"Whooping cough is particularly hard on kids. While it looks like a common cold in the beginning, severe coughing soon follows. Even with treatment, extreme coughing fits may last several weeks," said Immunization Specialist for Public Health-Madison and Dane County Diane McHugh, RN.

Police find damaged door, no shell casings at report of shots fired

Police find damaged door, no shell casings at report of shots fired

Police said damage to a gas station door could have been caused by a bullet Friday night.

The Madison Police Department said at 10:52 p.m. officers responded to a report of shots fired at the BP at 4501 Verona Road.

A door to the BP was found damaged possibly by a bullet, according to the report. Officers did not find shell casings.

An SUV was seen leaving the gas station around the time of the shots fired report, police said.

Unattended burning candles cause apartment fire

A fire in a south Madison apartment building Friday night was caused by unattended burning candles, officials said.

The Madison Fire Department said crews responded to an eight-unit apartment building on the 300 block of Kent Lane for a report of a smoke alarm at 10:20 p.m.

Crews entered a first-floor apartment and saw light smoke but felt no heat, according to the report. When they entered a bedroom at the rear of the unit, crews felt heat, and saw flames and heavy smoke. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire within minutes.

As a crew was investigating, the apartment occupant returned home. She told firefighters she had left candles burning in the bedroom. Evidence at the scene supported her account and the fire is believed to be unintentional, according to the report.

Damage is estimated at $15,000, the fire department said. No one was injured.

2 cars struck by gunfire

2 cars struck by gunfire

Two cars parked by an apartment building were struck by bullets Tuesday morning, according to a report from Madison police.

A resident told police several shots were heard on Sunfish Court and witnesses reported seeing a car driving away quickly from the parking lot moments after the gunfire.

Officers said shell casings were recovered.

Police said they don’t know if the cars were targeted.

No one was injured.

City budget commits funds to create affordable housing

Madison's 2015 Executive Capital Budget will have funds committed to addressing the issue of not having affordable housing in the city.

Between 3,000 and 4,000 people are served by the shelter system in Madison annually, according to a release from city officials. Lack of affordable housing has been made worse by low vacancies in the rental market, new landlord-tenant laws and a tightened lending market.

"Housing is essential to creating a safe community," Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said.

The primary goal for the Affordable Housing Strategy is to support the development of approximately 750 additional units of affordable rental housing by committing over $20 million over the next five years to a new Affordable Housing Fund, officials said.