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Double shooting leaves man dead, MPD searching for suspect

Posted at 5:17 PM, Aug 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-07 18:18:21-04

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police continue to search for the suspect in a double shooting that left one man dead and a woman injured.

The shooting happened around 9 a.m. Friday near South 15th Street and Mitchell in the city's south side.

"He says he was a good person he was never looking for trouble," said Luis Gutierrez, as he translated for his uncle Rogelio.

Officials have yet to identify the man, but relatives say his name is Lionel Gutierrez. Family members say he was about to become a father of two.

Rogelio is the alleged victim's brother.

"We are still shocked at what happened. It’s unbelievable," said Luis.

Police say the circumstances of the shooting are still under investigation.

"He just thinks anyone is carrying a gun now, something we don’t do. You don’t know who might have a gun or who might get angry at you anymore," said Luis.

This latest homicide comes as Milwaukee's new acting police chief Michael Brunson was sworn in Friday morning.

"We have a violent crime issue in this city. My priority is to address violent crime in this city and build relationships," Brunson said during the ceremony.

It also comes as Milwaukee grapples with a rise in homicides. According to MPD stats, there have been 101 homicides as of Thursday, Aug. 6. There were 53 homicides in the same time frame in 2019.

"It’s scary but I have to live with it because I do rent and I’m on a lease, but it’s time to go because this is no place to raise no kids," said Daisy Aldape who lives near Friday's shooting scene.

MPD is still searching for the suspect in the 15th and Mitchell shooting.

If you know anything that can help investigators call police or Crime Stoppers at (414) 224-TIPS.

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