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Sheriff: Road rage shooting led to I-43 closure

Posted at 8:38 PM, Nov 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-16 23:15:33-05

Gunfire spurred from road rage was the cause of Friday’s total closure of I-43 northbound lanes, according to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office. 

The shooting happened at 3:20 p.m. near Walnut Street. Two people were shot and were treated at the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police said it was a road rage incident and not a random act.

The incident shut down the freeway just in time for rush hour traffic. The sheriff closed the freeway to search for bullet casings. 

According to police dispatch, the reports of gunfire started to come into 911 a little before 4 p.m. 

Dispatch: "We are getting multiple calls of shots fired on 43 northbound at North Avenue."

Callers told police at least two vehicles are involved.

Dispatch: "Getting calls now of a vehicle described as a steel colored blue Jeep and a gray sedan with one male black hanging out the window. Four shots heard."

The sheriff's office shut down all lanes going north leaving a lot of people caught in the rush hour commute.

"It's rough. It's a long time," said T. Brown from Milwaukee.

The freeway reopened around 6:30 p.m. after being closed for almost three hours.

So far, no arrests have been made.