Teen's mother frustrated, scared following shooting at north side park

CREATED Oct 1, 2012 - UPDATED: Oct 1, 2012

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MILWAUKEE- Someone shot up a park near 9th and Atkinson in Milwaukee over the weekend, killing one man and injuring four others.

A 15-year-old was among those shot.  His mother says the teen loved playing basketball at Atkinson Park, but now he fears coming back after someone fired nearly 40 rounds at the crowded park.

Milwaukee police detectives returned to the north side park on Monday. They spent the morning talking to people and looking for clues.  Just before seven Saturday night, witnesses say someone opened fired in the crowded park.

A woman's 15-year-old son is the youngest victim -- shot in the arm while talking to a young lady.  "He said he got shot running," says the mother.  "And the other little girl his friend was shot in the stomach."

Thankfully her son survived, but Alexander Cross, who was playing basketball, died on the court.

"It was bad it was just bad because that could have been my son covered up," says the mother.

Officers talked to Birtha Ousley Monday.  Her nephew is also recovering from a gunshot wound to his side.  "He got wounded running as four of the victims, they were running away from the scene, when they were shot," explained Ousley.

While the victims recover and Cross' family grieves, the community is left to wonder how safe the park is now. 

And while police search for those responsible one teen is avoiding his neighborhood park.

"I won't allow him to come back here ever again," says the injured teen's mother.

Police have no one in custody.  They haven't said how many people they're looking for.  Cross' family is working to raise money for cameras to get installed.  They hope maybe it will save a life and keep crime down.