Sheriff: Report of shots fired on I-43 in Milwaukee County

Posted at 2:29 PM, Sep 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-25 23:30:00-04

MILWAUKEE -- Sheriff's deputies are investigating a report of shots fired on I-43 in Milwaukee County, Acting Sheriff Richard Schmidt said at a news conference Monday afternoon.

The sheriff said the incident was an active investigation, and would provide more details when he had them. There's no word yet on any injuries.

I-43 northbound was shut down in Milwaukee at the Marquette Interchange as a result of the incident. Northbound traffic was turning around to get off at the on-ramp just before Walnut Street. The freeway opened up just after 5:30 p.m.

Elm Creative Arts School is just a block away from where the incident happened and according to MPS, it was not put on lock down as a result of the incident.

No one was hurt in the shooting but Schmidt said this isn't acceptable on the roads.

"Shots fired on the freeway, its like untenable. People's careless disregard for life. We have to change the culture in Milwaukee County to where this type of nonsense has to stop," Schmidt said.

It was echoed by many of the commuters stuck in traffic. Many people say they were not even sure why they were being forced off the freeway Monday afternoon but they spent a lot of time winding around the city.

"It's crazy. I just want to go home," said commuter Maria Bauer. "We've probably been out here 45 minutes."

"Probably about an hour," said Phyllis Whitley who was also stuck. 

Check back often for updates on this developing story.