Madison police seeking men in connection with city homicides

UPDATE: The Dane County Medical Examiner released the name of the man killed in a shooting in the Town of Madison Wednesday night.

28 year old Elijah Washington III was shot and killed outside  a gas station in what police say was an incident connected to two other recent murders.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Local police revealed Thursday afternoon that the man identified as the suspect in Wednesday night's deadly shooting in the Town of Madison, is the brother of the man shot and killed outside O'Grady's Pub and Grill in the City of Madison last month.

At a joint news conference of the City of Madison Police and Town of Madison Police Thursday, Town of Madison Police Chief Randy Gregory said given the family relationship, one operating theory for police is that this was a retaliation shooting.

The O'Grady's shooting has also been linked to Tuesday night's homicide at a BP gas station on Verona Road in Madison. The victim in that killing, identified to 27 News by family as Darius Haynes, was a friend of Martez Moore.  Moore is the victim from the O'Grady's shooting.

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval indicated at the news conference there appears to be some sort of score-keeping going on among two rival factions. He said each appears to be made up of friends, associates and family members.

"This isn't about turf. This isn't about profit. This isn't about one thing or another," Chief Koval said. "We now seem to be in this endless cycle of retaliatory motives."

The suspect in the Town of Madison shooting Wednesday night is Kortney D. Moore. Authorities say he was positively identified in surveillance video from the Capitol Petro gas station on Rimrock Road. They say the video shows the victim came in with another person, saw the suspect and left quickly. It also shows a large number of shots fired from the suspect outside between the gas station store and car wash, where they later found the victim. He was taken to UW Hospital where doctors later pronounced him dead. 

"Mr. Moore should be considered armed and dangerous," Chief Gregory said. "Don't try to be a hero. Call 911. Let our officers do their job and get him off the street."

Gregory went on to say, "We have a 28-year-old man here who just ruined his life. I don't understand why lives aren't mattering anymore."

Authorities have yet to identify the victim in that Wednesday night shooting, saying they will let the medical examiner do that.

At the news conference, Madison Police also showed several photos of persons of interest in recent shootings and homicides in Madison.

See the slideshow above for the individual mugshots and names of the persons of interest.


MADISON (WKOW) --- Madison Police tell 27 News, they believe the three recent homicides are connected.  

These homicides include the one in the Town of Madison Wednesday night at the Capitol Petro on Rimrock Road, the homicide at the BP on Verona RoadTuesday night, and the homicide at O'Grady's Pub and Grill on Mineral Point Road on April 19.

Madison Police say they are working with the Town of Madison Police in these cases.   Police tell 27 News that they believe the shootings involve two factions that include some gang affiliations.