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I-43 southbound back open after reports of gunfire

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Posted at 2:17 PM, Nov 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-26 18:20:56-05

I-43 southbound lanes have reopened at the Marquette Interchange after reports of gunfire shut down the freeway for nearly two hours. 

The interstate was closed from the interchange to Mitchell Street Monday afternoon, after the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office was called out for reports of gunfire at 12:20 p.m. 

The MCSO said no injuries were reported, and the are still investigating the shooting. 

Deputies canvassed the interstate for evidence of the shooting. 

“In the last nine days deputies pulled over more than 300 vehicles in the Marquette interchange in saturation patrols, cracking down on reckless and aggressive drivers, and providing a high visibility of marked squad cars,” said Sheriff Richard Schmidt in a news release. “We will continue to aggressively patrol I-43 in the high-incident areas. Road rage, reckless driving, and gun violence will continue to get our focused attention. Criminals don't listen to reason, just jail time. Enough!”

It's the second time gunshots closed part of I-43 near downtown this month. On Nov. 16, a road rage incident in which a motorist shot at another driver caused a closure of I-43 northbound just north of the Marquette Interchange.

That incident closed the freeway for almost three hours in the middle of rush hour.