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2015 shooting in La Crosse still has ripple effect

Brad Williams

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Gunfire in a south La Crosse neighborhood on a hot August morning led to a long day of police vigils and a standoff, and the arrest of a murder suspect, five years ago.    

La Crosse police captured Deshawn Randall on August 21st in 2015, hours after the shooting death of Central High student George Miller in the Redfield Street neighborhood. 

Miller was shot nine times, at about 10 a.m. that Friday morning, and he was followed while trying to run away to nearby Green Bay Street.

Randall, then 18, surrendered late that night after a standoff with police at a house near Gundersen.

He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison the following spring.

Several gunfire incidents occurred in the week before Miller’s death, involving two feuding groups of people. 

District attorney Tim Gruenke says the feud, and a series of crimes, have continued to this day.

“It certainly has been a ripple effect between groups in the town and extended families and friends, who for one reason or another, want either revenge or to intimidate and that sometimes spills over into fights and unfortunately sometimes even shootings,” said Gruenke this week.

That reportedly includes the shooting death of Javier Ayers near Copeland Park last fall.

As for Deshawn Randall, he’s eligible for early release from prison in 21 years. 

Gruenke says Randall has not sought an appeal of his conviction or sentence.  

Police believe at least two people connected to the George Miller shooting of 2015 were involved in the killing of Ayers last November. 

That case has not gone to trial yet.      

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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