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Thanksgiving weekend in Milwaukee marked by violence

Posted at 10:23 PM, Nov 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-28 23:23:16-05

MILWAUKEE — The city of Milwaukee experienced a particularly violent Thanksgiving weekend in an already unusually violent year.

Milwaukee Police reported three fatal shootings on Thanksgiving Day alone.

Beginning at midnight Thursday, MPD says a 17-year-old was shot near15th Place and West Arthur Avenue, and he died at the scene.

Then MPD reports a 34-year-old man was shot and killed shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday near 13th and Hope. A crashed car was found in a nearby block.

Around 5:40 p.m. Thursday MPD says a 36-year-old man was shot and killed in a domestic incident near 106th and Villard. MPD says an arrest was made.

Thursday's spate of violence prompted the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner to tweet, "In the last 24 hours, MCMEO has responded to 4 homicides in the City of Milwaukee, and 3 probable OD's."

Two days earlier, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner tweeted, "Milwaukee County now at 195 confirmed homicides for the year - a 64 percent increase from this same time in 2019."

In the meantime, Milwaukee Police have been busy responding to at least five non-fatal shootings since Friday.

Just before 11 a.m. Saturday, TMJ4 News crews captured police investigating some sort of scene near 35th and Congress. As of early Saturday evening, MPD has yet to report what may have happened there.

A few weeks ago, MPD confirmed to TMJ4 News Milwaukee had tied the city's record of 165 homicides set back in 1991.

Studies show other U.S. cities are experiencing an uptick in violence as well.

Anti-violence advocates have said the Covid-19 pandemic plays a big role in the trend, creating unemployment, food insecurity and other uncertainties.

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