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State requests more time to secure expert in case of woman accused of shooting dealership owner in back of head

Melissa Sandrone

WEST ALLIS — The state on Tuesday, Aug. 7 requested more time to secure their own “not guilty by reason of insanity” expert in the case involving a woman who stands accused of shooting the owner of M&M Motors in the back of the head in West Allis.

It happened on March 10, 2018 at the dealership near 100th and Greenfield.

The accused is Melissa Sandrone, 45, of Milwaukee, who was in court Tuesday for a doctor’s report hearing. She is charged with two counts of attempted first degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon.

In May, the defense issued a “guilty and not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect” plea, and a doctor was appointed to examine Sandrone.

Witnesses said after the shooting, Sandrone smiled and took off.

Melissa Sandrone

The normal day at M&M Motors quickly turned into a life-threatening situation that shut down the area of 100th and Greenfield on March 10.

The owner of M&M Motors was filling a tire with air when police say Sandrone pulled up in her Jeep, got out and shot him behind the vehicle. Witnesses say she turned with a smile on her face and drove away.

Melissa Sandrone

Surveillance video captured the tense moments:

M&M Motors shooting

M&M Motors shooting

“A person with a handgun shot my brother and was in my lot staring at us. Very quick. Send an ambulance,” the 911 caller said.

M&M Motors shooting

Inside the dealership, people jumped into action. Customers can be seen in the video running to safety as help was called.

“Somebody got shot in the parking lot,” the 911 caller said. “There’s a guy in the shop here. He’s bleeding. Shot in the back of the head.”

The store owner was shot in the back and neck, but was awake.

M&M Motors shooting

“You are so lucky dude,” the 911 caller said. “‘Do you know the lady who shot you?’ No he doesn’t.”

M&M Motors shooting

M&M Motors shooting

Melissa Sandrone

Prosecutors say Sandrone may have developed a vendetta for the man she shot, believing he was responsible for a motorcycle crash she was in 14 years ago, but the owner said he did not recognize the woman who shot him.

Police say Sandrone fired shots at the worker who followed him.

Dashcam video shows police stopping Sandrone a short time later. They ordered her out of the vehicle and made the arrest.

Police discovered numerous weapons including an assault rifle, a machete, an ax, a shovel and a plastic tarp.

Melissa Sandrone arrest

Melissa Sandrone arrest

Last we heard, the victim was recovering.