City leaders look for answers after 5 overnight shootings
MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Police are still trying to figure out what sparked five overnight shootings in just two hours.
“It was a bad night last night. There’s no question about that. We have a lot of police on the street, we’re going to continue to have more police on the street,” said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.
Last summer the city saw a rash of shootings and homicides. Alderman Bob Donovan is calling on city leaders like the mayor to take action before the violence gets worse.
“What’s important is that there’s a plan, that the mayor does his job and leads the city in addressing the real problems that are impacting Milwaukee,” Donovan said.
One thing the two leaders agree on; the city’s residents need to take a more active role in protecting their community, and work with police.
“Our police can be more effective when they know where the problems are,” Barrett said.
“I’m a little concerned because I sadly think this community has gotten to the point somehow as bizarre as this sounds, they expect it. That’s what’s so incredibly sad,” Donovan said.
The homicide victim was a 48-year-old man killed around 11:09 p.m. in the 500 Block of W Concordia Avenue. Police said he was found suffering from a gunshot wound and died at the scene.
A 55 -year-old man was shot in his residence around 9:15 p.m. in the 1400 block of W. Greenfield Avenue. Police said he was transported to a local hospital for treatment and is suffering from non- life threatening injuries.
A 19-year-old was shot as he was entering his vehicle around 9:41 p.m. in the 3700 block of N. 27th Street. Police said the victim drove himself to a local hospital were he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
A 18-year-old and 17-year-old were shot around 9:45 p.m. in the 3500 block of N. 55th Street. Police said it appears to be drug related and both were driven to a local hospital where they are both being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
A 51-year-old man was shot in his residence around 10:46 p.m. in the 1500 block of S. Muskegon Avenue. Police said he was transported to a local hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening injury.
All of the shootings remain under investigation.