Caught on camera: Two teens shot Sunday afternoon
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Non-fatal shootings continue to skyrocket, almost doubling this year compared to last. Over the weekend, a surveillance camera caught the moment two teens were shot and injured.
It happened at 3:20 Sunday afternoon near 47th and Capitol. The video shows a white car pull up to a red van. At least 13 shots are fired as people run from the van.
According police, two boys, a 13-year-old and 15 year-old, were shot and injured. The teens are just two of the people injured in shootings over the weekend.
On the east side, in the 1900 block of N. Cambridge, a 35-year-old man was shot in the stomach. Police think he interrupted a car break-in.
“I think it happens everywhere and we’ve become kind of numb to it in a lot of ways, which is not good,” said Alex Minik, who lives near the shooting.
According to police, there have been 301 non-fatal shootings so far this year. That’s a 97-percent increase compared to this time last year.
Community activist Tracey Dent is working with teens on a campaign about reckless driving and stealing cars. They filmed a music video with MPD over the weekend.
“Things are getting worse when it comes to reckless driving and stolen vehicles,” Dent said.
He says these incidents often escalate into violence.
“One, it’s easy to get guns on the street,” Dent said. “Two, it’s the lifestyle, the lifestyle they’re living on the street. They feel no one cares about them, so why should they care about themselves?”
Dent says adults need to mentor young people, and police, elected officials and the community need to come together with a sense of urgency.
“The summer's not even here yet,” Dent said. “Just imagine what’s going to happen over the summer if we don’t act now.”
Milwaukee police say they are searching for known suspects in the shooting of the teens and are still looking for information in the east side shooting.
Anyone with information about either shooting can call Milwaukee Crime Stoppers at (414) 224-TIPS. All calls are anonymous.