Woman caught in shooting crossfire planned to move away from violence

Posted at 7:06 PM, Jan 09, 2017

Family of Shanika Lee, the Milwaukee woman killed in the crossfire of a gunfight Sunday, tells TODAY'S TMJ4 she had plans to move to Texas in June. They said she wanted to get away from the violence in the city, but the very thing she feared took her away from them.

"I woke up this morning hoping it was a dream," said Keara Mitchell, Lee's daughter. Mitchell's cousin, Malik Bentley, calls it a nightmare.

"[My four-year-old has] been asking where her Granny's been for like the last day, she asked this morning. I just don't know what to say," said Lee's son, Karl Colson Jr.

Colson Jr. said he got a call Sunday that his mother had been shot. Police report Lee was shot and killed when two groups of people started fighting and shooting at each other outside a bar where she was enjoying a rare night out.

"They were celebrating," said Bentley.

Now, Lee's kids and nephew mourn, remembering final moments with her.

"I said okay, mom, bye, I love you. She said I love you, too," said Alexis Lee, her 13-year-old daughter who will now live with her older brother, who said he will take care of her.

The family urges the people who were there that night to come forward with information.

"You know you were the one shooting. I know you're not sleeping at night knowing that you killed somebody," Bentley said.

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