Milwaukee police investigate several shootings over Thanksgiving weekend
Updated: 11:30 a.m. on November 30, 2020
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee Police say there were four homicides and 15 non-fatal shootings from Thursday, November 26-29.
Posted: 8:03 p.m. on November 29, 2020
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Thanksgiving is known to be a day for people to give thanks for what they have. However, in Milwaukee, this holiday weekend left families hurting for what they don’t.
“We don’t want our parents, our grandmothers, our elders, our children, we don’t them to experience those things," Bria Grant said. She is a member of CrimeStoppers.
The tragic weekend started Thanksgiving Day. A 17-year-old boy was shot and killed near 15th Place and West Arthur Avenue
Milwaukee police are investigating the crime, along with several other shootings happening from Friday night into Sunday morning.
Grant says people are becoming too comfortable using guns and not considering the consequences once they pull the trigger.
“Something that we do lack in our community is gun education, firearm education, one of the things our young people just don’t realize I believe is the power behind a firearm.”
A 16 and an 18-year-old were taken into police custody after an officer-involved shooting Saturday night. They led police on a high-speed chase, crashed the car near the 4100 block of West Center Street and then tried to run.
“During the foot pursuit, the suspect did produce a firearm and discharge the weapon and in response the officer returned fire," Willie Murphy said. He is the Inspector of Police in Milwaukee.
The most recent shooting happened Sunday evening. Police say two people were shot in a crashed vehicle near Halyard and Garfield streets, leaving one woman dead
Grant says COVID has taken a major toll on people’s psyche and mental health.
“What we need to have is better coping skills, de-escalation skills," Grant said. “We just need additional resources to increase our capacity to serve in those areas.”
Officials continue to urge people with information about a case to please call Crime Stoppers at 414-224-TIPS