La Crosse police: Report of two people shot at South Side home was false

La Crosse police: Report of two people shot at South Side home was false

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Emergency Response Team

Members of the La Crosse Police Department’s Emergency Response Team respond to a suspected reported Wednesday on the 400 block of South 19th Street. After entering a house police discovered no shooting had occurred and the house was not occupied.

La Crosse police say they found nobody home after surrounding a South Side home for more than two hours with guns drawn.

Police responded at about 2 p.m. after a caller said he had shot two people inside a house in the 400 block of South 19th Street.

Sgt. Tom Walsh said the caller said he had shot and killed two adults, but no one was found during an eventual search of the residence.

Emergency Response Team

Members of the La Crosse Police Department’s Emergency Response Team congregate at the corner of Market and 19th streets Wednesday in to response to a suspected shooting. After entering a house on the 400 block of South 19th Street, police discovered no shooting had occurred and the house was unoccupied.

Police are investigating to determine who called — and why.

He said police used armored vehicles to protect the public and officers.

Investigators were interviewing neighbors and trying to locate the residents of the home.

Officers had blocked nearby streets and alleys in the tree-lined neighborhood, and the La Crosse Emergency Response Team and large armored vehicles — including the La Crosse County Sheriff Department’s Bearcat — were on the scene until about 4:30 p.m.

Students attending 7 Rivers High School weren’t at the nearby Hogan Administration Building due to a camping trip, and students at Emerson Elementary sheltered in place during the incident, said La Crosse Superintendent Randy Nelson.

Authorities had asked the public to avoid the area between East Avenue and 20th Street, between Cass and Market streets as they investigated the incident.

South 19th Street in La Crosse

Police vehicles block off South 19th Street and the surrounding neighborhood Wednesday in response to a suspected shooting.

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