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Road rage leads to fatal southside shooting

Family has identified the victim as Francisco Garcia
Posted at 7:28 AM, Aug 21, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-21 18:23:58-04

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Police are investigating a fatal shooting that happened on the city's southside at 11:30 p.m. on Saturday night.

The shooting took place near 19th and Mitchell where police say road rage led to a 31-year-old Milwaukee man being shot and killed.

Family has identified the victim as Francisco Garcia. His brother-in-law, Chris Martinez, said Garcia was a painter who had a wife and young daughter.

"He was a nice person," said Martinez. "Hard worker. He was working almost every day and weekend."

Martinez said the family does not know what happened, and they're waiting to hear more from police.

Up the block from his home is Iglesia Pentecostal La Gran Comision. Pastor Andres Marquez knew the victim well.

"He visited the church. I know him like my brother," said Marquez. "He was a very good man, a calm man. It surprised me to find out about what happened to him. I don't even believe it… he was my friend."

Neighbors who knew Martinez also don't recall him having a temper.

A 28-year-old Milwaukee man was taken into custody in connection to the incident. Charges are pending review by the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office and the investigation is ongoing. 

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Milwaukee Police at (414) 935-7360 or to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at (414) 224-Tips or P3 Tips.

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