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La Crosse County DA speaks out about local shootings

Brad Williams

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A recent trend of gun-related violence in La Crosse County worries district attorney Tim Gruenke. 

As chair of the county’s criminal justice management council, Gruenke says violent acts committed with guns are the fastest growing crime problem within the county. 

He believes it would be easier to manage the situation if there was evidence that the incidents were somehow connected.

“There’s not some pattern to them that we think would continue,” said Gruenke. “It’s just unconnected events, unconnected people, just having access to guns and using guns more often than people used to, for whatever reason.”

Gruenke pointed to the June shooting death of a bar employee at the Twisted Moose, and gunfire last week on 8th Street reportedly involving an AK-47. 

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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    Mike Newton

    July 15, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    Gun use is not up over past use, look back further. You are just trying to get guns away from we who are responsible and will protect our lives.

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