Police seek suspect in West Allis shooting

Posted at 6:21 PM, May 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-01 22:32:53-04

A West Allis neighborhood remained locked down Sunday evening following a fatal shooting at an apartment building earlier in the day.

It happened shortly before 7 a.m. at the building in the 2300 block of South 92nd Street.

West Allis Police say officers were called to the building after receiving a report of a burglary in progress. The call was soon upgraded to include shots fired.

Officers found a man suffering from a gunshot wound inside the apartment. He later died.

“Over the period of the next hour we cleared all of the other apartments in the building as we had information that the suspect might still potentially be located inside,” West Allis Police Chief Patrick Mitchell said.

Police say the gunman has a connection to the apartment building and may have known the victim, however, police do not have a good description of the gunman. 

Immediately following the shooting, a large number of police officers converged on a church 2 miles away at Greenfield and 62nd.

Parishioners say police came in and pulled their pastor away right before the service started.

“They just made an announcement before he was going to preach that something was going on, that it was an emergency, and they played a video sermon. The police were going up and down the stairs,” parishioner Megan Boyer said.

Police aren’t saying if the church was somehow connected to the crime scene nearby.

Around 100 people in the neighborhood were forced to stay inside of their homes Sunday morning during the investigation.

A woman at the scene told TODAY's TMJ4 that the victim is her 41-year-old son, but police would not confirm the identity of the victim.