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4 dead, 15 injured in 15 separate shooting incidents during Memorial Day weekend in Milwaukee

12 shot in a 24-hour period
Posted at 2:43 PM, May 28, 2017

Milwaukee police responded to 15 separate Memorial Day weekend shootings that left four dead and 15 injured.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett spoke Monday afternoon regarding the 14 separate shootings that took place over Memorial Day Weekend. Two children were among the injured.

"The majority of these incidents are not random acts of violence," said Barrett. "In fact, many of the victims and offenders have some connection."

Police say several of the shootings stemmed from an argument or fight. Four were robbery related and three are still being investigated.

Barrett said there have been 40 homicides since the beginning of the year. At this time last year, 42 people had been killed.

Barrett said several of this weekend's shootings involved felons illegally possessing firearms.

"We're hovering around 1,000 guns that have been seized by the Milwaukee Police Department this year already," said Barrett.

He said the Office of Violence Prevention is currently working on a comprehensive anti-violence plan. A draft of the plan was released in March.

Barrett says the city plans to have an update on that plan's progress by the end of June.

"Of course there's an emphasis on making sure the streets are safe, police protection, but it goes far beyond that," said Barrett. "You're going to have some people who want it to be strictly a law enforcement document, others are going to say it needs to be more comprehensive. Certainly it's going to be more comprehensive in the approach that it's taking."

He said in many of this weekend's incidents, people knew they were going to a situation where there might be gunfire. Barrett offered this message to parents:

"If you're a mother or a father or grandparent watching this and you've got a young person in your life and they're telling you they need to take a gun to protect themselves, my response is maybe you shouldn't be going there," said Barrett. 

Here is what we know about this weekend's shooting incidents:
 
Saturday, May 27
  • A 26-year-old man was shot around 3:40 a.m. on May 27 in the 2500 block of S. 13th Street. Police say the victim was shot during circumstances that are unclear at this time. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Police still continue to seek a motive and search for suspect(s). 
  • A 30-year-old man and a 38-year-old man were injured in a double shooting around 12:25 p.m.on May 27 in the 5000 block of N. 22nd Street. Both men were part of a group who began to fight and shots were fired, police say. Both victims were transported to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries. Both men were arrested for Recklessly Endangering Safety and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.  Milwaukee police are seeking another suspect from this incident.   
  • A 37-year-old Milwaukee man was killed in a shooting that occurred around 1:40 p.m. on May 27 near the intersection of 29th and Vine Streets. Police say the victim was shot during an argument with a known male suspect. The victim was transported to Froedtert Hospital where he later died.The victim has been identified as Kenneth M. Bryant.  A 29-year-old man was arrested in connection with this crime.  MPD will present the case to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office in the coming days for charges. 
  • A 7-year-old girl and 27-year-old woman were injured in a double shooting around 3:10 p.m. on May 27 in the 3400 block of N. 67th Street. Milwaukee police's preliminary investigation reveals the 27-year-old female was in an argument with a known male suspect when a gun discharged and the victims were struck.  Both victims were transported to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries. Milwaukee police is currently seeking the known male suspect.  
  • A 29-year-old woman was shot during an argument with a 33-year-old woman around 8:20 p.m. on May 27 in the 2900 block of N. 17th Street.  The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The 33-year-old woman was taken into custody.  Police say their investigation is ongoing.
  • A 8-year-old boy and a 27-year-old man were shot around 8:40 p.m. on May 27 in the 6200 block of W. Kaul Avenue. Police say a fight broke out on the street and gunfire struck the two victims. Both victims were transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Milwaukee police are still searching  for  the suspect(s).  
  • A 30-year-old man was shot by a suspect in a passing vehicle around 10 p.m. on May 27 in the 2400 block of N. Buffum Street.  The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  Milwaukee police continues to seek a motive and search for suspect(s).  
  • Milwaukee police say a 29-year-old man was fatally shot during circumstances that are still being investigated at this time. It happened around 10:45 p.m. on May 27 in the 3000 block of N. 54th Street. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries. The victim has been identified as William D. Wilson. A 24-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman were arrested in connection with this crime.  MPD will present the case to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office in the coming days for charges.
     

Sunday, May 28 

  • A 25-year-old man was shot during a fight with multiple suspects around 2:30 a.m. on May 28 in the 1900 block of S. 35th Street. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries. Police continue to search for suspect(s).  
  • A 37-year-old man suffered a serious injury when he was shot in the 3700 block of N. 55th St. about 12:20 a.m. Saturday morning. Police say the shooting occurred as a result of a drug-related robbery. No suspects are in custody. 
  • A 24-year-old woman died after she was shot in the 3500 block of W. Hampton Ave. Sunday evening. Police say the shooting happened in a nearby gas station parking lot when two women got into an argument. The victim has been identified as Teresa L. Wade.  A 24-year-old woman was arrested in connection with this crime. MPD will present the case to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office in the coming days for charges.
  • A 31-year-old man died at the hospital Sunday night after police found him at the scene of a shooting in the 4700 block of N. Hopkins St. The victim has been identified as Jeffrey R. Horton. A 26-year-old man was arrested out-of-state for this crime.  MPD is working to bring him back to Wisconsin and will present the case to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office in the coming days for charges.

 

Monday, May 29

  • A 22-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman were shot during a fight just after 8:00 a.m. Monday morning. Both were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.