MPD: 2 dead, several injured in 6 separate overnight shootings
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee police are investigating six separate shootings that happened Thursday night into early Friday morning, July 23. One shooting left two men dead.
"It's devastating each time someone is shot in our city, especially young people," Arnitta Holliman said. She is the director of the Office of Violence Prevention.
The first shooting happened around 6:10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22, near 19th and Pearl. Police believe it was the result of an argument. A Milwaukee man received non-life threatening injuries.
The second took place around 8 p.m. in Milwaukee's Water Street bar district. One person was seriously injured. Milwaukee police observed the shooter and the suspect was taken into custody a block away.
A third shooting happened around 10:05 p.m. Thursday, near 39th and Lisbon. The victim, a 21-year-old male, presented at a local hospital and sustained non-life threatening injuries. The circumstances leading up to the shooting are under investigation.
At 12:05 a.m., near 10th and North, a robbery-related shooting left two 19-year-olds dead. Police are seeking unknown suspects.
Another shooting occurred on Friday at approximately 2:17 a.m., near Van Buren and Juneau. The victim is a 48-year-old male. He sustained non-life threatening injuries. The circumstances leading up to that shooting appear to be the result of an argument outside of a nightclub.
Milwaukee police are also investigating an armed robbery that occurred on Friday at approximately 2:50 a.m., near 9th and Historic Mitchell St. The victim is a 44-year-old Milwaukee male. He sustained non-life threatening injuries.
"What we're asking people to do is think, take a moment to think, step away, take a moment to call down," Holliman said.
Milwaukee police say there have been 92 homicides and 462 non-fatal shootings from January 1 to July 22 of this year, compared to 93 homicides and 338 non-fatal shootings in 2020 during the same time period.
"We absolutely have too many guns on the street, we need common sense gun reform," Congresswoman Gwen Moore said.
Milwaukee Police released a statement to CBS 58:
"The members of the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) have worked tirelessly to keep all members of our community safe. However, law enforcement presence alone will not resolve this issue. While MPD has continued to work alongside elected officials and community partners to strategically address this reckless behavior, we call upon all residents, and bystanders to be a part of the solution and mitigate this behavior from escalating. Resolving arguments through violence, particularly gun violence, is unacceptable. MPD remains committed to fully investigating and referring for prosecution all those engaged in such behavior. This week, Milwaukee showcased to the world our wonderful, diverse and vibrant city – let’s work together to maintain that lasting image."
Anyone with information in any of these shootings is asked to contact Milwaukee police at (414) 935-7360 or Crime Stoppers at (414) 224-TIPS or P3 Tips App to remain anonymous.