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"It's getting to a point where you're not safe anywhere:" Two I-43 shootings in one week under investigation

Marquette Interchange shooting
Posted at 5:09 PM, Oct 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-17 18:21:53-04

MILWAUKEE — There have been at least five interstate shootings this year, four of them occurred in the past three months.

On Wednesday, the interstate was shut down on I-43 near the Marquette Interchange while authorities searched the northbound lanes for evidence. The interstate was closed for two hours and deputies found a 0.40 caliber shell casing.

On Monday, I-43 southbound near Keefe Ave was shutdown around 9:00 p.m. for another shooting investigation.

Tremaine Montgomery lives near Keefe Ave, he said freeway shootings are becoming far too common and could have deadly consequences.

"It's getting to a point where you're not safe anywhere," said Montgomery.

The Carjacking and Reckless Driving Task Force Committee met Wednesday afternoon to review their proposed ways to make the streets safer, one of the recommendations, increasing penalties for those who are caught reckless driving.

"We have to maintain public order so I am fully supportive of the Police Department and the courts in making sure people are held accountable for their actions. They have this common disregard for all human life and those are individuals who should not be walking with us," said Alderman Murphy.

Alderwoman Chantia Lewis said these latest shootings show how important it is for the community to find a solution to reckless driving.

"It’s time for all of us to come together and take back our city and say, you know what this is not ok but you gotta go upstream right, and see what is causing the problem....We need to dig a little deeper to see why we are in this state of mind right now," said Alderwoman Lewis.

She hopes community members will come together, review their reccomendations and be a part of the discussion and solution to making Milwaukee's streets safer.