Deadly shooting startles relatively quiet Milwaukee neighborhood

Far northwest side Alderman Cavalier Johnson called on his constituents to continue reporting any and all suspicious activity to police following a deadly shooting in his district over the weekend.

According to police, 32-year old Alfonzie Cockroft was killed and two 20-year old men were injured in the shooting near 78th & Hampton.

The two survivors are potential suspects and remain in police custody, investigators said.

MPD said it appeared “a drug transaction is involved” in the events that led up to the shooting.

Police said they continue to investigate a motive, as well as whether anyone else was involved in the shooting.

Johnson said the neighborhood is very safe and even has a dedicated block watch.

“It’s exceedingly frustrating when problems seep into the district from elsewhere,” Johnson said.

He said, ironically, safe and quiet neighborhoods tend to attract criminals looking to conduct a quick drug deal.

“They choose neighborhoods like that to go into nice, quiet neighborhoods because nothing’s going on and they feel safe,” Johnson said.

Ronald Kreutzer, Captain of the Grantosa Drive Block Watch, said the group regularly meets with Johnson and officials from the Milwaukee Police Department.

Kreutzer said neighbors in the area have made it a habit to call police when they see any potentially suspicious activity.

“People know we’re watching,” Kreutzer said. “We’re always watching.”

In the wake of Saturday’s deadly shooting, Johnson urged them to keep up the efforts.

“I encourage concerned constituents to collect as much information as possible on the make, model, and license plate of vehicles involved in mobile drug dealing and report that information to the Milwaukee Police Department’s non-emergency number, 414-933-4444,” his office said in a statement.


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