Two Men Shot, One Fatally, During Robbery Attempt
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Police are currently investigating a double shooting that left one person dead near 63rd and Euclid around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night. A 36-year-old man was defending himself from a robbery, when he shot two men.
Upon arrival, officers found a 17-year-old shot several times. He died on the scene despite lifesaving efforts by the Milwaukee Fire Department. The 17-year-old has been identified as Deonte M. Thomas. Thomas' co-actor, an 18-year-old man Milwaukee man, was also shot during the altercation and has since been taken into custody.
The shooting took place in Alderman Mark Borkowski's district. He says the neighborhood is quiet and secluded. Borkowski says the 36-year-old had a concealed carry permit and was walking his dog when a car pulled up. The men in the car tried to rob the man with his dog.
"It was an unusual time of day -- in the evening like that. Again, in an area you wouldn't necessarily think about where are car comes upon this person. They just selected the wrong guy because people are defending themselves," said Borkowski.
The suspect that fired the shots is currently being questioned by investigators.
Alderman Borkowski reminds his constituents that crime can happen anywhere.
"It is also a reminder that if you decide to go for a walk outside at night, please be sure to wear some sort of reflective clothing, bring a cell phone, and make sure a loved one or friend knows that you are headed out. Be aware of your surroundings, and if you are targeted for a robbery, police say it is usually always the right call to give the crooks what they want (because they will likely flee as soon as you hand it over)," said Borkowski.