MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Police Department is investigating the homicide of an 8-year-old child that happened on Saturday afternoon.
The incident happened just after 2 p.m. in the 1800 block of W. Highland Ave. The suspect, a 47-year-old Milwaukee man, was handling a firearm that discharged. The gunfire struck the 8-year-old girl.
The 8-year-old was taken to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.
The 47-year-old man was arrested and criminal charges will be referred to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office in the upcoming days.
Acting Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson issued a statement, saying:
“The death of an eight-year old Milwaukee girl this afternoon is heartbreaking. Mistaken gunfire has extinguished another innocent life. I offer my condolences to her family.
Please, put down the guns. If you have a gun in your home, secure it with a trigger lock or in a safe. Never, never handle a gun near children.”