MILWAUKEE — A community is in mourning days after a man was shot and killed in a vehicle on Milwaukee’s northwest side. Now loved ones want to send a message before this happens again.
Police identified him as 21-year-old Montez Mcafee.
They say Saturday evening officers saw a suspect in a car shooting at another vehicle near 45th and Wright.
When they checked on those inside, they found Mcafee dead and another 21-year-old man injured.
A different officer chased after the suspect, who eventually crashed at Fond Du Lac and North Avenue, and was taken into custody.
Mcafee's niece, Fantasia Johnson, can't imagine life without him.
“He took my protector. He took my favorite uncle,” Johnson said. “Uncle Tez was the closest thing I had left.”
Dauntae Stamps said Mcafee was trying to get his life together for his three kids, who will now grow up without their father.
“Tez had always been a good guy. He never hated anybody,” Stamps said.
He calls this another act of careless violence.
“People think it’s a game out here,” Stamps said.
Corey Rodriquez said she nearly died herself when she was shot by a stranger while waiting at a traffic light.
“I’m only 19, and I’ve lost more people than my age and that’s sad to say,” Rodriquez said. “Milwaukee wasn’t like that when I was growing up at first; like it’s so crazy how we’re losing all our friends."
Now besides getting justice for Mcafee, she and others hope their community can come together to create change.
“I’m only 19, and I’ve lost more people than my age and that’s sad to say. Milwaukee wasn’t like that when I was growing up at first; like it’s so crazy how we’re losing all our friends." — Corey Rodriquez
“People just need to get themselves right and start making better decisions with their life,” Stamps said.
“People should appreciate life more than what they do now,” Rodriquez said.
Police say the other shooting victim remains in critical condition. They're still investigating a motive.