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Police still searching for suspect who shot two kids for throwing snowballs

Posted at 6:05 PM, Jan 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-06 20:13:04-05

MILWAUKEE — Kids throwing snowballs at passing cars led to a shooting Saturday evening on the north side of Milwaukee. Police said two of those kids are hurt and they’re still looking for the person responsible.

Police said the call came in at 7:50 p.m. for a shooting by 62nd and West Birch Avenue.

When first responders arrived they found a 12-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy with gunshot wounds. Both of them were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said through their investigation, they learned a group of kids were throwing snowballs at cars, and one of the drivers fired shots at them.

Ravell Davis and his family had just finished eating dinner when they heard gunshots and jumped.

“All of a sudden you hear the loud bangs,” Ravell said. “I tell everybody to get down.”

He didn’t know where the sounds were coming from until he looked out his window and found casings down below.

“There's a sandal right in my front yard and I'm seeing the shells on the side of the house,” Ravell said.

Pearlee Piggue felt the kids shouldn’t have thrown snowballs at cars, but she also said the driver could have handled the situation differently without a gun.

“He endangered children's lives over a snowball,” Pearlee said.

Sierra Davis agreed.

"Kids will be kids, but that's not a motive for you to shoot them, that's just ridiculous,” Sierra said. “You could have easily gotten out and you know, yell. You didn't have to start shooting. I mean my God.”

Pearlee said this wasn’t the first time she worried about her safety in the neighborhood, which is why she’s extra cautious when her grandkids are over.

"I don't let them leave out of the house unless I come out with them,” she said.

This incident doesn’t help ease their minds.

“With things like this happening more and more and more frequently, you get concerned,” Ravell said.

For that reason, Ravell and his neighbors are praying police catch the driver soon.

“These were kids you know. You’ve got to think more wisely when you do something, like that was completely unnecessary,” Ravell said.

Police said the suspect was driving a white Toyota. If you have any information about what happened call Milwaukee police at 414-935-7360, or call Milwaukee Crime Stoppers at 414-224-TIPS.

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