Local leaders work to address violence in Milwaukee as non-fatal shootings rise

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- While homicides in Milwaukee are down in 2021, non-fatal shootings are up compared to last year.

Reggie Moore from the city's Office of Violence Prevention says his team is working with community organizations to prevent violence. 

He stresses that it is not only important to address shootings, but the city needs to curb other violence as well.

"As we look at responding to prevent shootings, that's not the only measure of violence," Moore said. "It's obviously the most violent measure, but when we look at domestic violence, and we look at poverty, and we look at mass incarceration, unemployment, those are also things we are tracking because we understand it's the conditions that increase the risk for violence in our city."

Last year, the city of Milwaukee broke the record for total homicide sin a single year at 190.

In response to last year's spike in violence, the city declared violence a public health crisis.

Moore says the next phase of his team's violence prevention plan is focused on mental health. 

This comes as the city saw a violent weekend. Police are investigating at least three shootings from overnight Saturday, April 10.

Three people were shot and they are all recovering at a hospital. The victims ages range from 21 to 60. No one has been arrested in any of the shootings. 


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