1 dead after shooting in alley on Milwaukee's south side

Posted: 7:52 AM, Jun 26, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-26 15:54:17Z

MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Police are investigating an early morning shooting on the city's south side that left one person dead.

Police expanded their investigation area, likely to keep media away from seeing the body in the alley.

Neighbors say they heard multiple shots early this morning.

"I did hear a rapid succession of banging," Bianca Gonzalez says. "Like, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop. I immediately went back into the house and ducked for cover. It sounded extremely close."

Neighbors say there isn't a lot of criminal activity in the area but they do hear gunshots from time to time. 

"I am afraid at some points in time," Gonzalez said. 

"I don't like walking around this neighborhood," Johnas Pleester said. "It's sketchy for sure. It's definitely sketchy."

The body of the victim was found in an alley near this location.  Neighbors tell TODAY'S TMJ4 said they heard multiple gunshots around this time. 

The shooting happened in Ald. Bob Donovan's district. He says he spoke with a Milwaukee Police Captain and says police found multiple casings at the scene. He says the shooting appears to be drug-related.

"That's sadly the challenge we're up against," Donovan said. "The illegal drug trade in Milwaukee is, in my opinion, out of control."

Donovan says the victim was from the north side but frequented the area to buy drugs. He says the only way to prevent these kinds of crimes from happening is for people in the area to say, enough is enough. He also wants more officers on patrols. 

"We need strict enforcement and prosecution of individuals who go out and willingly sell this poison across the city," Donovan said. "I share your pain and I share your frustration. But we need to recommit ourselves to restoring order to these neighborhoods so things like this are exceedingly rare, if not very uncommon."

Police say they do not have anyone in custody for the shooting. Police are still investigating -- and have not released any other information at this time.

Stay with TODAY'S TMJ4 for further updates on this developing story.