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Police respond to at least six separate shootings over Labor Day Weekend

Posted at 10:38 PM, Sep 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-02 23:38:04-04

MILWAUKEE — Gun violence did not spare the holiday weekend.

Law enforcement were called to at least six reported shootings since Friday, and Milwaukee Police said three of them were fatal.

Most recently, MPD says a 20-year-old man was shot multiple times near 45th and Burleigh Monday afternoon. His injuries are non-life threatening. MPD says its still investigating, and it's searching for a known suspect. No one is in custody at this time.

James Williams was having his life-long friends over for a Labor Day cookout at his home of 23 years near 45th and Burleigh when they heard shots.

"We were sitting here at the picnic table and we ducked," Williams said.

Williams said they looked over into the alley behind his home and saw a young man hurt. They called 911. Williams said he believes the man is in his 20's, and said he was alert and talking when crews arrived. A spokesperson for the Milwaukee Fire Department said they transported one person to Froedtert Hospital.

"I stopped him from trying to run, you know, because every time he got up he fell back down, and I just made him stay there," Williams said.

This is one of several reported shootings that police were called out to over the holiday weekend.

Milwaukee Police report two fatal shootings on Friday and one fatal shooting on Saturday. MPD said two separate shootings occurred on Sunday, at which one victim had a serious gunshot wound and the other victim's gunshot was non-life threatening.

Then police were dispatched around 3:30 p.m. Monday to 45th and Burleigh.

"It's got to stop," Eddie Hall said as he was picking up his sister at a home near the police presence. "But then how can you stop it when people are going to act crazy, especially when everybody's got guns and everybody's doing something stupid."

"All this violence, I don't think we as free as we used to be," said neighbor Tony G. "You can't site on your porch and enjoy as much as you used to because probably there's more violence."

Williams and his friends tried to carry on with their evening, thinking about the man and hoping he's ok.

"It happens, you never know, it could be anywhere and it can happen," Williams said.