La Crosse police are investigating a report of shots fired on State Street Sunday and a suspicious man with a gun near two bars.

The La Crosse Police Department responded about 9:30 p.m. Sunday to a report of shots fired at 10th and State streets. Witnesses reported hearing a man yell “Get the (expletive) inside” and seeing him fire several shots into the air, according to the police report.

The shooter was described as an African-American man with medium-length dreadlocks, medium height and wearing a black sweatshirt or coat with a hood.

Officers found three 9-millimeter spent shell casings on the ground on the 1000 block of State Street.

Police responded to two reports of a man of the same description displaying a handgun earlier that evening.

At about 8:35 p.m. Sunday, a woman reported seeing a man pointing a handgun at people walking near Old Style Inn near the 500 block of Mississippi Street. The man was gone by the time police arrived.

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About 45 minutes later, at 9:17 p.m., a man reported that a man of the same description pointed a gun at him outside of Shimmy’s Bar on West Avenue. According to the report, the man was walking his dog and walked by the other man. The other man pointed a handgun at his face and told him to get his dog under control, then left.

Witnesses say the man left in a black Lincoln sedan.

The incidents are under investigation.

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Jourdan Vian can be reached at jvian@lacrossetribune.com or follow her on Twitter at @Jourdan_LCT.



Jourdan Vian is a reporter and columnist covering crime and courts for the La Crosse Tribune. You can contact her at 608-791-8218 or jvian@lacrossetribune.com.

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Ya know with a gun buyback..these guns would be off the street

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