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Milwaukee teen in critical condition after basketball game shooting

Police tape surrounds Dineen Park
Investigators mark evidence  at Dineen Park
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Posted at 9:50 PM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 23:29:27-04

MILWAUKEE — A 17-year-old is in critical condition after a shooting in a Milwaukee park over a basketball game. The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office said they are searching for the person responsible.

Police tape surrounds Dineen Park
Police tape surrounds Dineen Park near Appleton Ave. and Vienna Ave. after a shooting.

The shooting happened at Dineen Park near Appleton and Vienna Avenues around 5 p.m. Wednesday. The park was open even with Milwaukee County’s health plan in effect. Neighbors says dozens of people at the courts and in the park were enjoying the day.

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Milwaukee County Sheriff's Deputy speaks with teens playing basketball.

Train Barnett, 17, says he was out playing basketball with his friends.

“I heard gunshots and I took off running,” said Barnett.

Investigators mark evidence  at Dineen Park
Investigators mark evidence on the basketball court in Dineen Park.

The teen said his friends ran too.

“I saw TJ, I saw he got hit,” said Barnett. “He got shot in his chest and his stomach.”

Barnett said his friends called 911. But as they waited for help they worried it wasn’t coming fast enough.

“You could see where he got shot at right in his shirt. The blood was coming through his shirt,” said Barnett.

Basketball hoop at Dineen Park
Basketball hoop at Dineen Park

They put their friend in a car and drove him to the hospital.

“Our understanding is it was related to the basketball game that was going on,” said Inspector Daniel Hughes of the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office.

Barnett said he is praying for his friend.

“We took him to the hospital, we don’t know yet. We don’t know what’s going on. We hoping he’s good,” said Barnett.

Deputies say they are searching for a suspect. They do not have anyone in custody.

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