Crime Stoppers tip leads to identity, arrest of man accused in MCTS bus shooting

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A man who police say shot someone on a Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) bus, was arrested after an anonymous tip sent into Milwaukee Crime Stoppers. 

The incident happened on Aug. 24, on a county bus near Capitol Drive and Sherman Boulevard. 

Police say charges are now filed against Melvin Rashard Goodwin. He faces one count of attempted first-degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. 

According to a criminal complaint, Goodwin shot a MCTS bus passenger in the shoulder. Police spoke with the victim who recalled walking past Goodwin, who he did not know, prior to the incident. The complaint says Goodwin looked at the victim and said, "what's up," before the victim walked to the back of the bus and sat down. The victim was reportedly looking down at his phone when he was shot.

The incident caused unionized bus drivers to consider asking for more protection. 

After surveillance images of Goodwin were shared, authorities received a Crime Stoppers tip that led to his identification. Officials say Goodwin was already in custody for unrelated charges and was subsequently arrested in connection to the shooting. The criminal complaint says Goodwin was arrested on Aug. 28 for fleeing police, leading them on a pursuit. 

Records show Goodwin was convicted of second-degree recklessly endangering safety in August of 2021.

Police say if convicted of the most recent charges, he could face up to 83 years in prison and fined up to $25,000.

If you know anything about a crime in Milwaukee, call Milwaukee Crime Stoppers at 414-224-TIPS (8477). Or you can use the P3 Tips App. Remember your tip is always anonymous and if it leads to an arrest you get cash. 

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