Tourist stood right next to victim during Water Street shooting

Posted: 9:35 PM, Aug 21, 2017
Updated: 2017-08-22 04:14:01Z
Tourist recounts Water Street shooting

A tourist visiting from Canada witnesses a deadly shooting outside a popular downtown bar.

The man said he took cover as the shots were fired near Duke's on Water. The person standing right next to him was hit.

"When I came to the intersection here all of a sudden I hear, 'Bam, bam, bam.' It was like eight or nine shots," said tourist Pat Chessell.

Milwaukee police said a 30-year-old, 26-year-old and 24-year-old men were shot.  A 26-year-old died.

Chessell had just stopped to grab some pizza and was waiting to cross the light at the corner of Water and Juneau Streets.

"The guy next to me about two feet away went right down and said, 'I'm hit, I'm hit,'” Chessell said.

He said the bullet came from Juneau Street and he didn't know what to do.

"That's when I ran around the corner and I just got out of the scene. And said a Hail Mary, you know and hoped I was ok," Chessell said.

The shooting outside the sport's bar comes as a shock to a lot of people.

"It usually fun, it's bantering, it's fun bantering. People just come down to have a good time and get the deals from Duke's," said Natalie Abel, who works downtown.

"As far as a shooting, ridiculous," said Toddrick Griffin, who lives downtown.

Despite what happened, this tourist said he would return.

"We are not holding it against Milwaukee," Chessell said.

Police are still searching for a suspect in this shooting and a motive.