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'Close call': Alderman Donovan says sanitation workers dodged gunfire while on the job

Posted at 1:08 PM, Mar 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-05 19:35:19-05

MILWAUKEE — Alderman Bob Donovan has a message for city employees: be careful.

On Tuesday morning, Milwaukee Police said a city vehicle was shot at near 19th & Hadley.

Donovan said that vehicle was a garbage truck carrying two sanitation workers.

He said the workers were on the job in the area when shots were fired nearby.

According to Donovan, at least one round entered the truck's cabin.

He's not sure if either city worker was sitting in the truck at the time.

"If he was sitting in there, (the bullet) would have come very, very close to his head," Donovan said.

No one was hurt.

"Thank God no one was struck by the gunfire," said Donovan. "Whether directed at them or just random gunfire from the neighborhood, it is a sad state of affairs when city workers just trying to do their jobs in broad daylight are dodging real bullets!"

Milwaukee Police are investigating the incident, and are looking into the possibility that the truck was targeted.

Police said squad cars visible in the area on Tuesday afternoon were patrolling and canvassing the neighborhood in response to the shooting.

Neighbors told TODAY'S TMJ4 they are stunned.

"They're out here just doing their job and these people are scaring them away," one neighbor said.

Donovan urged all city workers to be aware of their surroundings at all times and report suspicious activity to the police.

If anyone has any information about this incident, they are asked to contact police at 935-7360.

Here is a statement from DPW:

"This morning’s incident was alarming and we are grateful no one was hurt. The safety of our city workers is of the utmost concern. The Department of Public Works is cooperating with the Milwaukee Police Department to investigate this morning’s incident and we urge anyone with information on this incident to contact MPD."