A 26-year-old man has been arrested in connection to a deadly quadruple shooting early Wednesday morning.
Police say the shooting happened just after midnight in the 2600 block of W. Capitol Drive. Police say four people were shot. The shooting is believed to be the result of an argument, Milwaukee police said.
On the scene of a deadly shooting on Milwaukee’s north side. @MilwaukeePolice say 4 people were shot. 2 were killed, 2 were taken to the hospital for treatment.— Ryan Jenkins (@RyanJenkins_TV) April 7, 2021
Police are still searching for a suspect.
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A 20-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man died from their injuries at the scene. Two other adults were transported to area hospitals with gunshot wounds.
Police said they are searching for additional suspects. Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to call the Milwaukee Police Department at (414)935-7360 or Crime Stoppers at (414) 224-TIPS.
The shooting happened in the Franklin Heights neighborhood which has, as of Monday, seen 15 shooting victims this year, according to the Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission. Eleven were non-fatal and four were ruled homicides.
That neighborhood is also within a 5.5 square mile area with more than half of the non-fatal shootings reported so far this year, according to the Office of Violence Prevention. The area is bordered by Capitol, Vine, 10th and 48th.
"It feels like we as the residents of Milwaukee are fending for ourselves. I don't see leadership trying to take control, or trying to take grasp of it. You know, let's work on the root cause of the violence," said community activist Tracey Dent.
Dent said some of those root causes are poor education and mental health. Another activist and radio host for The Truth, Tory Lowe, added that unemployment is also an issue.
"Milwaukee has some of the worst test scores when it comes to the public school system. We have high Black male, Black female unemployment right here in the city of Milwaukee and we live in one of the most incarcerated areas in the country," Lowe said.
Both Lowe and Dent said they want to see the city do more.
"You can't keep putting up billboards and signs and running commercials telling people to stop the violence. This has been going on over a decade and it has not worked," Lowe said.
The city has programs in place to address violence like the Office of Violence Prevention and the 414Life hotline.