3 shootings in 1 hour leave 3 men dead in Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A violent afternoon in Milwaukee comes on the heels of shootings that killed two teens Thursday, April 22, and wounded two others.
In just over an hour late Friday afternoon, four men and one woman were shot. Three of them died, in three separate shootings.
Friday's shootings come after four teenagers were shot, and two of them died, in three separate incidents since Wednesday.
Family members consoled each other Friday evening at the corner of Fond Du Lac and 24th Street. It's where a 20-year-old man lost his life, and his girlfriend, who's 21, is now hospitalized.
Forty-five minutes earlier, at just past 4 p.m., a 36-year-old man was behind the wheel near 27th and Wisconsin when he was shot dead.
And at around a quarter to 4 p.m., two more shooting victims near 8th and Vliet.
A 39-year-old man was killed and a 42-year-old man is now hospitalized.
It was the first warm day after a short spell of winter weather.
On Friday, the aunt of 17-year-old Roy Thomas Jr., who was killed at Sherman Park's basketball courts Thursday, returned to the scene in shock.
"It's ridiculous and these people need to stop!" said Melinda Crawford, Roy's aunt.
Thomas went to James Madison High School. Police won't say if the victim and the gunman knew each other.
“It’s okay to walk away, it is. It is, and you need to realize that you don’t have to kill somebody because you mad. My nephew didn’t go home. He ain’t never going home no more. We get to suffer because it’s so easy for these kids out here to get a gun,” said Crawford.
Of the five shootings Milwaukee's seen in the last 24 hours, police have taken two men into custody in only one case -- that's the shooting at 8th and Vliet.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Milwaukee police at 414-935-7360 or Crime Stoppers at 414-224-TIPS.