24-year-old victim is 'clinging to life' after being shot in the back of the head

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MADISON, Wis. - A 24-year-old man is "clinging to life" after being shot in the head Wednesday night, according to Madison Police Chief Mike Koval.

Officials said the suspected shooter, a 36-year-old man, is in custody. Police said he will face at least attempted homicide charges.

The two men had a conflict and the shooting was not random, according to Koval. He described the two men as having a "personal beef." The victim is in critical condition at a local hospital.

"This was not by any means a random act of violence that was committed against a stranger," Koval said.

Police responded to the report of the shooting around 7:40 p.m. at Waunona Woods Court, according to Dane County Dispatch.

The suspect was seen fleeing the scene in a motor vehicle, and police believe he may have stolen multiple cars in attempt to get away. Police are conducting an investigation as to whether he will face charges for carjacking.

Koval said they found the suspect at an apartment complex on the 6700 block of Bridge Road. He was attempting to barricade himself in when police found him. He had a superficial cut to his hand.

Officials have not recovered the weapon used in the shooting yet, according to Koval. The area of the shooting and where the suspect was arrested will continue to be blocked off throughout the night.