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2 dead, 1 injured in shooting outside El Rey grocery store in Milwaukee

El Rey shooting
Posted at 11:19 AM, Jul 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-11 06:57:57-04

MILWAUKEE — Two people are dead and one is injured after a shooting in the El Rey parking lot on Cesar E. Chavez Drive in Milwaukee.

There was a Milwaukee Police Department call at around 10:20 a.m. for a shooting at El Rey. During an altercation, the suspect fired shots at one of the two victims.

An armed security guard fatally shot the suspect, an unidentified adult male, but did sustain fatal injuries himself. The 59-year-old security guard was pronounced dead on the scene. He was later identified as Anthony "Tony" James Nolden.

Anthony "Tony" James Nolden (left) with his daughter Sydney. Tony was killed after a shooting at El Rey on Saturday.

"He was my daddy," Nolden's daughter Sydney said. "He was the best father I could have ever asked for."

An unintended victim was also struck by gunfire during the altercation. That victim, a 41-year-old Milwaukee woman, sustained minor injuries as a result.

The Villarreal family, who own El Rey, released a statement following Saturday's tragic incident.

“We are devastated by the violent act which led to a senseless loss of life this morning. This horrible event not only happened in the community we love, but outside of our grocery store.

Our deepest appreciation goes out to the security team, who bravely put their lives on the line to prevent this tragedy from escalating and potentially becoming an even worse situation. And we thank each first responder as their actions helped to stabilize the scene and our neighborhood.

We are proactively working with law enforcement as they conduct a standard investigation. Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, we cannot provide further comment at this time. Just know that the entire El Rey family is heartbroken by this senseless act and thankful for the support of our community.”

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