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MPD investigating homicide of 8-year-old

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Posted at 4:35 PM, Jan 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-17 06:23:19-05

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.”

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