Downtown window washer's mother speaks out after shooting: "I still break's very hard'

Posted at 6:32 PM, Sep 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-13 11:58:26-04

MILWAUKEE -- For the first time since last week’s shooting outside of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, we’re hearing from the mother of the 30-year-old man who was shot.

The victim's mother, Diane, is only giving her first name because of safety concerns. She says the bullet ricocheted off the building, hitting her son in the rib.

“He’s alive, but you can’t help but to think 'what if?'” said Diane.

All Diane can do is thank God her son Erik is still alive.

“I still break down, it’s very very hard to watch that video, just thinking about it, it’s very hard,” she said. 

A terrifying video that’s been seen thousands of times showing her son being shot 

He was washing windows at the time. Milwaukee Police say he wasn’t the intended target, as one Infiniti was shooting at another.

"I hope they get them off the streets. If it would’ve hit him first he would not be here, he would not be here,” Diane said.

“Very, very hard, me as a mother I want to take all of his pain away and I can’t.  It hurts, it hurts bad,” she said.

Milwaukee police say one of the suspect vehicles has been found. So far no suspects have been arrested. This family hopes police catch the people responsible and need the public’s help.

“Please speak up, please speak up,” said Diane.

The investigation is ongoing. Erik’s family says the bullet is still in his rib. If you would like to help Erik and his family as he recovers, you can visit their YouCaring page here.