An Ohio man killed Friday in a shootout with police in Tomah may be connected to at least 10 other shootings across Wisconsin and Illinois, including one that wounded a Dane County woman, authorities said Tuesday.
Tomah police killed Seth M. McCloskey, 28, during a traffic stop after he sprang from a red pickup and opened fire, wounding one officer.
That red truck, reported stolen in Wyoming, matches one witnesses have described in recent seemingly random drive-by shootings at homes and businesses across Wisconsin and Illinois. Such incidents have been reported in Tomah, the Dane County town of Albion, Janesville and in communities near Rockford, Ill.
In the lone incident reported in Dane County, 50-year-old Christine A. Hudson injured by a bullet in her home on April 20.
Authorities from both states met Tuesday in Rock County to share information. Federal agencies including the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms have joined the investigation.
The Winnebago County, Ill., Sheriff’s Office reported Tuesday that it had no leads on seven shootings there on April 20 until McCloskey was killed in Tomah.
“There’s a strong possibility they are connected,” Deputy Chief Dominic Iasparro said.
Bullets from each of the seven Winnebago County shootings were sent to a lab in Illinois to determine if they are linked. Officials will compare that information with evidence gathered at the scenes of the Wisconsin shootings.
The Dane County Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday that it believes all the shots in the Wisconsin cases came from one vehicle traveling on in the Interstate.
Tomah police had stopped McCloskey thinking the truck may have been involved in a drive-by there earlier in the day in which a home was struck by three bullets.
The Dane County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who lives or has a business along I-90 to check buildings for damage that would be consistent with a gunshot. Dane County residents are asked to report any information to the Sheriff’s Office tip line at 608-284-6900.