MILWAUKEE - A man was shot by Milwaukee police officers after they said he shot and killed a woman at a business Tuesday afternoon.
Chief Alfonso Morales said he believes it was a case of domestic violence.
Police were called to respond to the Walgreens near 27th and North Avenue at 2 p.m. for reports of a man who shot a woman at the store.
Investigators said when officers arrived on scene they found that man with a gun.
Police said the man fired shots at them and they fired back, striking him. He was transported to the hospital with serious injuries and is expected to survive.
Paramedics attempted lifesaving measures on the victim, however she was pronounced dead at the scene. No officers were injured.
The suspect is identified as a 51-year-old man and the victim is a 48-year-old woman. Police said the two knew each other.
Walgreens confirmed that the victim was one of their employees in a statement.
We are saddened to learn of the incident and tragic death of our team member outside of our store this afternoon. We will be providing counseling for our staff at the store.
We are fully cooperating with the Milwaukee police department and refer you to them for any further information. We are thankful to the first responders for their efforts. The store will remain closed while police conduct their investigation. Pharmacy patients who normally use this location can have their medications filled at our nearby stores located at 3522 W. Wisconsin Avenue and 2826 N. Martin Luther King Dive.
Authorities recovered a firearm from the scene.
Reggie Moore of the Office of Violence Prevention was on the scene and addressed the possibility of this being a domestic-related incident.
“We understand a lot of people are experiencing stress and anxiety right now, but at the same time domestic violence is a problem year-round and has been a problem, so again this is something that as an entire community we have to treat like a state of emergency and be as responsive as we can,” Moore said.
The two officers involved in the incident were placed on administrative duty, as per protocol.
Investigators are still working to determine the motive behind the incident. If you have any information, click here to submit an anonymous tip to police.