Police claim elderly man confronted, shot teen on south side
MILWAUKEE - A 13-year-old boy was shot and killed outside of his home near S. 19th St. and W. Orchard Ave. Thursday morning, the Milwaukee Police Department confirmed.
Witnesses told TODAY'S TMJ4 the 13-year-old was shot twice by his 75-year-old neighbor. Police say the elderly made confronted the teen; that teen's mother told TODAY'S TMJ4 the neighbor killed her son because he believed her son broke into his house.
According to a statement by the teen's mother, "Somebody broke into my neighbor's house two days ago...And he was telling my neighbors that my son did it. My son was in school, so he killed an innocent kid."
Investigators have gone into the suspect's house looking for clues into this deadly shooting on Milwaukee's south side.
Just before 10 a.m. Thursday, the 75 year-old man spotted his 13 year-old neighbor on the corner near 20th and Greenfield.
"The information we're getting now is that there was a belief on the suspect's part that there was some type of action by the victim that precipitated this," said Milwaukee Police Lieutenant Thomas Stigler.
Police wouldn't go into details about the elderly man and the teen's prior interactions.
Jaunisha Williams, a friend of the victim, told TODAY'S TMJ4 she and the 13-year-old's mother were inside the house when the shots went off. Williams says they saw the boy running then seconds later they heard gunfire and then spotted the neighbor. "They said (he was shot) two times in the chest and somewhere else," said Williams. "I saw the man with the gun walking up and down...He was just being quiet."
That elderly neighbor stayed at his house until police arrived. He's now in police custody; as to mother's claim her son was shot because the 75-year-old believed the teen broke into the house. "Were looking into that now," said Milwaukee Police Lieutenant Thomas Stigler. "We have a lot more people to talk to including the suspect to find out what happened here."