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The victim of a fatal shooting Monday in Fitchburg has been identified as Julian J. Patterson, 20, of Fort Atkinson.

The Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office said Patterson died from homicidal firearm- related trauma. No one was in custody as of Tuesday.

Fitchburg police Chief Chad Brecklin had little new information to offer about the investigation Tuesday.

Patterson was shot outside an apartment at 5154 Anton Drive shortly before 5:45 p.m. Monday. Officers found Patterson wounded from gunfire at the scene, and he later died at a hospital.

Investigators are following up on leads, but have not yet identified a suspect or suspects, Brecklin said.

“We’ve had some varying levels of cooperation from people we’ve been looking to speak with,” he said.

At least one shot was fired during a “disturbance” at The New Fountains Apartments involving several men. Brecklin declined to elaborate on the nature of the disturbance.

Brecklin declined to say what type of firearm was used in the shooting, but said police have no information to suggest that more than one firearm was used.

Fitchburg Mayor Jason Gonzalez, who is also an attorney, was representing Patterson in two Jefferson County felony cases filed in June. The cases were still open when Patterson was killed.

Gonzalez said he didn’t know Patterson was the victim until Tuesday afternoon.

“I have no idea what he was doing in Dane County,” he said.

Gonzalez said he didn’t know any other details about the shooting.

Patterson seemed like a polite and energetic young man who “had made a couple bad choices,” Gonzalez said.

He said Patterson wasn’t the first of his clients to became a homicide victim.

“It’s unfortunate,” he said.

Logan Wroge has been a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal since 2015.

Chris Aadland is a reporting intern for the Wisconsin State Journal.