Milwaukee Police say an 8-year-old girl was among several people shot overnight in a particularly violent night in the city.
Police say the girl was outside a home in the 2600 block of N. 47th Street at around 10 p.m. Monday and was hit when several shots were fired in the area. The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn says the shooting stemmed from an argument, and that they are following leads on the suspects.
"There was some sort of dispute between two young women that degenerated into somebody summoning friends to inflict violence on the house and once again a child is caught in the crossfire," said Flynn.
Neighbors reported seeing a group of teenagers arguing before the shots rang out.
"One of our great challenges is getting our young offenders to understand there are other ways to resolve disputes besides firearms and that's a difficult message to get out there," said Flynn.
In a separate incident at about 10:10 p.m., police were called to the 4800 block of W. Congress Street and found a 55-year-old Milwaukee man who had been shot in the street. Emergency crews were not able to resuscitate the victim and he died at the scene. No suspects have been identified in the case.
Shortly after 11 p.m., police say a 22-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman were inside a parked vehicle in the 8100 block of W. Bender Avenue when an individual approached the vehicle and shot them. The man was pronounced dead at the scene and the woman was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.
Police are also investigating the "sudden death" of a 2-month-old boy found dead at a home in the 9200 block of W. Birch Avenue. An autopsy is pending.
Another non-fatal shooting was reported at 4 a.m. in the 2400 block of W. Townsend Street. Police say a 49-year-old Milwaukee man was approached by a man and shot. Investigators say an argument preceded the shooting.
The victim was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Nobody has been arrested in the case.
The shootings occurred during the National Night Out efforts to reduce violence and improve relations between police officers and the community.