Emergency meeting called after 4 children shot since April
MILWAUKEE - At least four children have been shot in Milwaukee since April. The most recent prompted an emergency meeting Monday night in the neighborhood where an 11-year-old girl was shot during a robbery.
There is a sense of urgency from police and community leaders about the violent weekend.
The meeting Monday night was called Stop the Violence. There’s another meeting Thursday titled Stop the Madness. Residents aren’t giving up.
And neither is Dorothy Jean Ray. She’s a Block Watch Captain.
Ray lives near the store where a little girl was shot in the leg. She doesn’t believe in sitting back so she’s encouraging neighbors to stick together and help police.
“Get some ideas from other people and try to work together and try to save the young people,” said Ray.
District Five sent a team of officers into the neighborhood for what’s called a street briefing – officers are given real time intel to help find the suspects that injured the little girl.
Police believe these street briefings are critical because it allows residents to go one on one with officer and talk about what’s happening in the neighborhood.
Lieutenant Timothy Leitzke, a parent himself pauses to think what it must be like for other worried parents on this street but he offered them this advice.
“I just want them to know that if I we’re in their shoes I would do everything I can to keep my ear to the ground and figure out who is doing this and I make sure I provide that information to investigators as fast as I can.”