MILWAUKEE — The number of homicides in the City of Milwaukee so far this year is approaching the year the city recorded the highest number of homicides ever, in 1991.
The Milwaukee Police Department tells TMJ4 News that as of Oct. 18, 2020, the city recorded 155 homicides. That is just 10 homicides less than in 1991, when 165 homicides were recorded, according to MPD. And 2020 is not even over.
The department broke down 2020's homicide victims as follows: 114 were African American, 21 Hispanic/Latino, 16 Caucasian and four Asian.
By gender: 121 male, 32 female.
And by age: 137 of the victims were 18 years or older, and 18 of the victims were under the age of 17, according to MPD.
This year's homicide numbers also do not appear to be following the trend in recent years, in which the city experienced record lows. MPD recorded homicides in the following years:
- 2015 - 147 homicides
- 2016 - 142 homicides
- 2017 - 119 homicides
- 2018 - 99 homicides
- 2019 - 97 homicides