Four shooting-related incidents in one month in Oshkosh

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An incident on the north side of Oshkosh marks the fourth shooting that has happened in the city in one month.

On Wednesday morning, police were called to the 2300 block of Wisconsin Street where a shooting left one person dead and another in a hospital. Police say the public is not in any danger.

On Monday, a man was shot and killed by Oshkosh police after he drove a car toward an officer. He was a suspect of a 9-1-1 call for a potential break-in.

Last Thursday, a 24 year-old man was shot in the back in Oshkosh. Police have not arrested any suspects.

Oshkosh police also responded to another incident in the city where shots were reportedly fired, and shell casings were found in the location. There are no suspects for that case, either.

While all of these incidents happened close together, Sergeant Todd Wrage with the Oshkosh Police Department says it is more coincidental, and the community should not be concerned.

“I don’t know that I would say that it’s surprising…we’re seeing this activity largely because it’s summer and because people are out and about,” Wrage said. “The fact that these events are happening in a relatively short period of time, it’s not because of any driving factor, they just are what they are independently on their own incident.”

Neighbors told Local 5 they feel safe in Oshkosh, but believe the shootings may signal larger issues that need to be recognized.

“If we had more backing, more presence that we actually supported our local law enforcement more, I think it would increase visibility and maybe curb the violence that has happened,” Clinton Bryant of Oshkosh said. “But on the other side of that, you can’t really control what somebody is going to do. The more you’re involved, the more you feel connected to the community, you’re less likely to engage in things that might hurt the community.”

Oshkosh police did not say if this summer has seen more gun incidents and shootings than in past summers. 

“It’s unfortunate, but I think mental health has a lot to do with how people react to situations, and guns play a part in that in a very sad way,” Clinton’s wife, Patti Bryant, said. 

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