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UPDATE: 45-year-old woman charged after shooting man over crash that happened 14 years ago

Updated: 1:30 p.m. March 15, 2018

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (CBS 58) -- In an update, West Allis Police say the suspect and the victim knew each other and the shooting was not random.

According to police, the woman was angry at the victim and blames him for a motorcycle crash she was involved in 14 years ago in Milwaukee. During that crash the victim and suspect were riding separate motorcycles with a group of people.

The criminal complaint says that the victim was shot in the head and a CT showed several bullet fragments in his head. The victim was one of the owners of M&M Motors in West Allis. He told police that he was getting ready to sell a car to someone when the suspect, Melissa Sandrone, pulled up and shot at him after asking his name.

The victim said that Sandrone kept shooting at him and he backed up the car into the suspect's but when her car didn't move he ran into the dealership.

After police caught up the Sandrone they ordered her out of the car and she said that she was "heavily armed with several guns and lots of knives." When police took her into custody they saw that she had at least one gun in her waistband, a loaded rifle magazine and several knives. 

A black AK-47 was in the passenger seat of Sandrone's car and a semi-automatic handgun was on the center console. Officers found two more handguns on Sandrone's person which were both cocked with a round in the chamber. She had 15 knives attached to her belt, in her pockets, in her shirt pockets, on a chain around her neck and tucked into her socks and boots.

Officers also found a bun in the trunk that had a shovel, plastic tarp, blanket, small axes, glow sticks and toilet paper among other items. They also found a machete between the front driver's seat and center console and a utility axe in her purse.

After searching her home, officers found numerous other guns and ammo.

The woman, Melissa Sandrone, has been charged with two counts of attempted first degree intentional homicide.


Posted: 3:14 p.m. March 10, 2018

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Saturday afternoon just after 12:30 West Allis Police responded to a report of shots fired at a business near 108th and Walker. The initial police investigation shows that a woman shot at a male employee who suffered injuries and was taken to the hospital. Police say the injuries are non-life threatening.

The business impacted appears to be M&M Motors.

The woman fled in a car and fired more shots a block away on South 109th Street. It does not appear that anyone else was injured.

The suspect was stopped by officers near 108th and Greenfield and taken into custody without incident. She has been identified as a 45-year-old from Milwaukee that did not work at the car shop.

Police are currently investigating what led up to the shooting, but do not believe that the shooting was related to a robbery. 

No other suspects are being sought.

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