With rise in shooting, police asking for tougher penalties

CREATED Aug 5, 2013 - UPDATED: Aug 6, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - It was a violent weekend in Milwaukee, in all 14 people were shot and 3 killed.

Nineteen percent—that’s how much shootings in Milwaukee have jumped from last June and July compared to this year.  The mayor and the police chief are calling on state lawmakers to help.

“There were neighborhoods this weekend where there were far too much violence,” said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

Police Chief Ed Flynn explains most of the shootings stemmed from a fight, and most of the victims had a criminal record.

“There wasn’t a guy or gal who got shot last weekend who hasn’t been arrested,” Flynn said.

Flynn and Barrett are calling on state lawmakers to take a page from New York’s book, by asking for a three-year minimum mandatory sentence for illegally carrying a gun.

“They’ve got to be more afraid of getting caught by us than getting caught by their rivals,” Flynn said.

Flynn argues that way he can lock up the criminals before they shoot the guns.  “We’re going to keep doing what we do. Use technology like shot spotter, use analysis to guide our deployments.  We’re on the scene, we’re making the arrests.”

Keller Russell contributed to this report.