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4 people of interest in custody following sextuple homicide: MPD

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Posted at 10:15 AM, Jan 27, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-27 18:38:24-05

MILWAUKEE — Four people of interest are in police custody but have not been charged with crimes in connection to the killing of six people at a Milwaukee home on Sunday, officials announced on Thursday.

Milwaukee Police Chief Jeffrey Norman and Acting Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson held a press conference Thursday morning to share an update on the investigation.

They said they are still investigating the connection these four people of interest have to the crime, but said all four all adults.

Chief Norman also said dispatchers received a 911 call 12 hours before the bodies were found about a shooting. The caller claimed she was shot along with several others.

The caller provided two addresses, but neither was the exact location the bodies were found and no evidence was found that shootings happened there.

Police are still investigating how this call may be related to the bodies found, but they determined the caller was not one of the victims.

The chief believes the incident was not a murder suicide.

"The Milwaukee Police Department sends our sincere condolences to the victims’ families, friends and neighbors that were impacted by this horrific incident. Our community deserves better. This senseless violence needs to stop. The entire Milwaukee Police Department remains committed to working with all our partners, most importantly, you, the community," according to a statement released later by MPD.

Anyone with any information is asked to please call Milwaukee Police at (414) 935-7360 or to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at (414) 224-TIPS or P3 Tips App.

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Authorities are investigating the deaths as homicides and told TMJ4 News previously that their injuries are suspected to have been caused by gunfire.

Milwaukee Police were called to a home at 21st and Wright around 3:45 p.m. Sunday for a welfare check. Inside, they found five deceased men and one deceased woman, according to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office.

Authorities initially said they had found five bodies, but the ME said in an update Monday that another body had been found in the house.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner identified the six victims and their ages as follows:

Charles L. Hardy (42)

Charles Hardy

Caleb A. Jordan (23)

Caleb Jordan

Donald Smith (43)

Donald Smith

Donta H. Williams (44)

Donta Williams

Michelle D. Williams (49)

Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams

Javoni Liddell (31)
TMJ4 does not have a photo of Javoni yet.

The family of Michelle Williams shared this picture with TMJ4 News:

Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams

The motive, and person or people responsible, is still unknown. Police said they are seeking unknown suspects.

Milwaukee 15th District Alderman Russell Stamper said neighborhood block captains — neighbors you can report suspicious activity to — had heard of possible drug activity at the home.

“You have to take every little suspicious thing seriously. Too many cars at a house, in and out of a house, too much activity," said Stamper. "That’s not right."

TMJ4 News spoke to the half brother of Charles Hardy. He didn't want to share his name, but said it was tough losing him.

“Man, he was a loving guy. He’d give you anything," he said. “He wasn’t out here doing some of the stuff that should have gotten him killed.”

Hardy's brother said he's hopeful police will solve the case.

“Hey man, do the right thing with the police, man. Ain’t nobody giving you forgiveness. Ain’t no passes," he said.

Police are asking anyone with information to come forward.

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