Memorial Day weekend in Milwaukee marked by string of violence

Posted at 2:01 PM, May 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-29 16:28:31-04

MILWAUKEE-- A day meant to pay tribute to those who gave their lives serving our country, was overshadowed by a string of violent crime in Milwaukee.

Over the Memorial Day weekend, Milwaukee Police responded to four homicides -- after police say three people were fatally shot and a 55-year-old man died as a result of suspected foul play. 

Susan Sims lives right across from Kern Park where a 21-year-old man was shot and killed Monday in the middle of the day —that shooting is just one of seven that happened yesterday, but the closest one to Sims’ home. 

"[I'm] scared, very scared," Susan Sims said. “[I'm] not going to walk at night anyplace."

Police say on Saturday a man was shot in the 1500 block of W. Lloyd. Another man was also shot in the 4900 block of N. 39th —and 41-year-old Michael Neal was shot and killed while sitting in his car. 

But the violence didn’t stop there. On Sunday a 25 -year-old was stabbed in the 1500 block of S. 23rd, and a 31-year-old man was shot during an attempted robbery in the 4200 block of W. Ruby. 

On the south side near the 1900 block of W. Grant, two people were shot and rushed to the hospital and Tania Gould said she was outside when it happened. 

“They came barreling past us," Gould explained. "And then they like burned tires around the corner and we heard four gunshots."

In this violent attack a 27-year-old man and a 15-year-old were shot while walking in the area —and in addition to the four homicides —the medical examiner’s office is also investigating six probable overdoses, two motor vehicle deaths and an infant death with 13 autopsies scheduled for today. 

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