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Appleton police investigate multiple shots fired overnight

Authorities said one person is in custody
gun shots shooting
Posted at 1:37 PM, Aug 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-01 14:37:24-04

APPLETON (NBC 26) — Law enforcement reported multiple shots fired early Saturday morning. One person was taken into custody. No injuries reported.

The Appleton Police Department said just before 3 a.m. a caller reported an abandoned motorcycle on it's side in the roadway around the 400 block of North Lindwood Avenue. The caller checked on the motorcycle but did not see a driver around.

The caller said they were starting to drive away when there were numerous gun shots and their vehicle was truck by bullets. The caller sped away for their safety.

Appleton and Grand Chute police officers said they were in the area when they heard the gun fire and saw the victim fleeing for safety. Several officers were sent to the area of the shooting located the scene, looked for the suspect, and checked for any other victims.

Officers said when they arrived the motorcycle that had been in the road appeared to have been moved into some bushed. They said it seemed like an attempt to hide it.

Police said they found a male suspect in the area who admitted to being the motorcycle driver. They found he had a firearm on him. Officers took him into custody without incident.

According to the police report, statements were taken from a suspect who admitted to firing his weapon. Authorities found numerous shell casings in the area.

Investigators said aside from the caller's vehicle, one other parked vehicle was struck by gunfire. They are trying to determine a motive and are searching for any other property damage caused by the gunfire.

"We want to thank everyone in the neighborhood for their assistance and for their patience this morning as we processed the scene," wrote the Department.

Police said anyone in the area of the 400-600 block of North Linwood Avenue with suspicious damage to their property should call the department's non-emergency number at (920) 832-5500.

Appleton police said if more information becomes available it will be released on Monday.