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7 people injured during drive-by shooting at Milwaukee funeral home

Posted at 3:18 PM, Sep 30, 2020

MILWAUKEE -- Seven people were shot and injured in a drive-by shooting at the Serenity Funeral Home on the city's northwest side Wednesday.

Acting Police Chief Michael Brunson said all seven victims are in stable condition and are expected to survive. The victims are a 48-year-old woman, a 26-year-old woman, a 24-year-old woman, a 29-year-old man, a 26-year-old man, a 24-year-old man and a 20-year-old man.

There's no word yet on what caused the shooting, and the exact circumstances that led up to it are still under investigation. Brunson said his officers continue to search for an unknown suspect.

The shooting happened around 12:45 p.m. at the funeral home, located at 4217 W. Fond du Lac Ave.

Cedric Guy, owner of Serenity Funeral Home, said there were about 100 mourners at the funeral home at the time. They were there for the funeral of Braxton Taylor, the 26-year-old victim of a Sept. 17 shooting.

Witnesses told TMJ4's Ben Jordan that they heard about 15 gunshots go off. The witness works across the street, they said.

"Our prayers are with the victims and their family members during this terrible time," Brunson said.

"This is an untenable situation. This brazen act, that was done in broad daylight, is just unacceptable in our city," Chief Brunson said.

Mayor Tom Barrett called the shooting “an example of the insanity we’re seeing” with the number of guns on Milwaukee streets.

There have been 139 homicides and 521 non-fatal shootings from Jan. 1 - Sept. 29, 2020 compared to 67 homicides and 313 non-fatal shootings in 2019 during the same period, according to MPD.

That’s a 66 percent increase year to year.

MPD asks that anyone who may have information regarding this shooting, to call Milwaukee Police at 414-935-7360 or Milwaukee Crime Stoppers at 414-224-TIPS.

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