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La Crosse woman faces charge for allegedly possessing gun used in north-side shooting incident



The Tessa Haller hearing took place before Judge Scott Horne on Jan. 25, 2024 (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

A January shooting in La Crosse, that left one man with an injured leg, has led to a criminal charge against a woman who allegedly possessed the gun used in the shooting.


A cash bond of $50,000 was set on Thursday for Tessa Haller of La Crosse. The 34-year-old is charged with being a party to attempted 1st degree homicide.

Investigators said Haller’s boyfriend, Lenell Carter, was hit in the mouth during a fight at a north-side bar Jan. 14, and Carter took a gun from Haller’s purse to shoot the man who punched him.

The victim was wounded in the leg. Much of the activity related to the shooting was captured on a security video at the bar.

La Crosse County Judge Scott Horne said in court that Haller can be considered an accomplice to the shooting.

“However, she’s also alleged to be the person who was carrying the firearm,” Horne said, “and at least have had some role in pointing out the alleged victim.”

Carter has not been arrested yet. Haller is scheduled to return to court on Jan. 31.

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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