Rise in violence involving teens raises concern in Milwaukee

NOW: Rise in violence involving teens raises concern in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee police are looking for the gunman responsible for the shooting death of a 14-year-old girl.

The shooting on Saturday marked the 17th homicide this year involving a child, and the rise in violence involving teens is raising concerns.

The nonprofit "Running Rebels" is one of several groups stepping up to be a safe haven for the city's young people, especially during this time. 

Dawn Barnett, one of the leaders of the organization, says stresses linked to the pandemic are playing a role. 

She says violence and frustration are being carried out into the community.

Like many places, Running Rebels closed their doors in March, but by the summer, organizers recognized a need for in-person mentoring, tutoring and other services.

"So we made adjustments, we made sure we were being safe, but we want to do everything we can to open our doors, to keep them open in a safe way so young people do have that outlet," said Barnett. "Hopefully, that would prevent them from engaging in the violence that's happening."

Running Rebels is in constant contact with parents who are also trying to navigate life during this time.

They stress the need for community participation to help young people and their families.

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