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A quiet Sunday morning Downtown turned violent when a man started shooting, with people taking cover, not knowing what was happening.

Nobody was injured during the shooting spree, that happened around 10 a.m. at the intersection of John Nolen Drive, East Wilson Street and Williamson Street, Madison police said.

Police believe the gunfire was because of a row between a man and a woman in a car.

"Several people, out for a quiet Sunday morning walk along Lake Monona, took cover as a man began firing a handgun," said police spokesman Joel DeSpain. "There were many witnesses, including a family that was heading to a garage sale."

According to witnesses, a woman got out of a black Chevy Cruze and began walking away from the car.

"A short time later, the car's driver stopped in traffic, got out and fired several rounds into the air before driving off," DeSpain said.

Police found shell casings but didn't find the woman.

The suspect is black, in his 20s, 5 feet, 6 inches to 5 feet, 8 inches tall, slim to medium build, wearing a black sweatshirt over a red T-shirt.

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Bill Novak is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.