11-year-old Carolanah Schenk, a sixth-grader at Forest Edge Elementary School, died after being fatally shot by her 15-year-old brother.
In a press release from the Police Department, they received a report about a shooting incident around 9:35 pm on Tuesday, September 28. Fitchburg Police officers and emergency medical personnel responded to an apartment in the 5100 block of Curry Court. The Victim, 11-year-old Carolanah Schenk, was immediately transported to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
In a report by WMTV, Carolanah’s parents revealed their son was involved in the incident and planned to get legal support for him.
“We want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your calls and support over the last 48 hours. Our attention is now being focused on coordinating our daughter’s funeral while at the same time praying that our son is represented and supported. This has been a horrific few days for our family, and our goal is to get our son the legal support he needs, as this accident has taken an emotional toll on all of us. If you can respect our privacy over the next few days, we need time to grieve and digest all that has occurred. God bless and thank you all for understanding.” Carolanah’s parents said.
15-year-old Brother Taken in Custody
After continued investigation and additional consultation with the Dane County District Attorney’s Office, the 15-year-old boy will be in custody at the Dane County Juvenile Reception Center on a tentative charge of Homicide by Negligent Handling of a Dangerous Weapon.
Fitchburg Police Department is still investigating this incident. In a press release on September 30, the police department stated that they recognize the community’s desire to learn more about the tragic incident. “Because of the open status of this case and future proceedings in the juvenile justice system, we currently cannot confirm some information or share additional details. Resources remain committed to completing the investigation to the fullest extent possible. As the investigation continues, additional pieces of information could be made available for public release.”
The Boys and Girls Club of Dane County has started a GoFundMe to help cover Carolanah’s funeral costs and his brother’s counseling service.