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Fitchburg homicide

A man died Monday evening after being shot at a Fitchburg apartment in the 5100 block of Anton Drive.

Three teenagers have been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a Fort Atkinson man Monday in Fitchburg after a “disturbance” broke out during a drug transaction, police said .

Fitchburg police said Travon Jackson, 19, Gary Mays, 18, and Joshua McInnis, 17, were taken into custody, all tentatively charged with a previous crime from December, with charges related to the homicide expected to be filed later this week.

Julian Patterson, 20, was shot outside an apartment building on Anton Drive in Fitchburg, and died at a local hospital.

Jackson was arrested Tuesday afternoon in Columbus, and Mays and McInnis were arrested Tuesday evening following a traffic stop, police said.

“The Fitchburg Police Department is no longer seeking any suspects related to the (homicide),” the department said in a statement Wednesday.

‘Prearranged transaction

“The preliminary investigation indicates Patterson accompanied a friend to the parking lot of 5154 Anton Drive, where a prearranged transaction for drugs was going to occur,” police said.

“During the course of the interaction, a disturbance broke out between two males and Patterson, resulting in a single gunshot being fired by one of the males.”

The suspects fled the scene at the New Fountains Apartments, but officers got several leads on details about the drug transaction, leading to Jackson’s arrest in Columbus, police said.

The December 2017 case involved felony physical abuse of a child in Fitchburg.

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