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Authorities will probably never know whether a site in the 1100 block of 74th Street was indeed a methamphetamine lab, West Allis Police Deputy Chief Robert Fletcher said Thursday.

Police became suspicious that a meth lab was operating when they were called to the area to investigate shots being fired about 1:15 a.m. Wednesday, May 3, Fletcher said. The shooter had fled, but officers determined the residence where the shooting had occurred. They found shell casings and their initial investigation indicated nobody was hit by gunfire, Fletcher said.

As the investigation continued, officers uncovered evidence of what they believed to be a possible meth lab, he said.  Due to the hazards surrounding meth labs, police called in Drug Enforcement Administration experts to help in the investigation and to evaluate the residence, Fletcher said.

At the conclusion of the evaluation, authorities could not definitely determine at this time whether there was a meth lab there, Fletcher said.

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