Spike in violence, deadly 24-hours in Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- There was a rash of violence in Milwaukee on Wednesday.
Four people were killed in four separate incidents.
One of them was a triple shooting on the city’s northwest side near 85th and Grandosta. According to MPD, a 41-year-old woman suffered a fatal gunshot wound after trying to help a female family member in a fight with a man. A 21 and 23-year-old woman were also injured.
“Nobody knew what to do," said C.J. Barcy, who lives nearby. "Her girls didn’t know what to do, she was just sitting there in the street, pool of blood all around her.”
In another fatal shooting, a 25-year-old man died after being shot on the 2800 block of West Kilbourn. Police said it was after an argument between a group of people.
Mayor Tom Barrett said the recent sudden uptick in violence is out of the ordinary.
“This year we have seen, and continue to see a marked decrease in violence in the city, whether its homicides, non-fatal shootings or carjackings, so unfortunately yesterday was a complete anomaly, one that I don’t wanna see repeated ever again in this city.”
In addition, there were also two fatal stabbings in the city that left a 60-year-old man and a 48-year-old man dead.
Barrett admits when the weather warms up, the violence increases, but he still wants Milwaukee to be safe. "I want this to be a city where in the summertime, grandmas can be sitting on their front porch watching their grand-kids on their front yard, and I want that in every single neighborhood," Barrett said.
Barrett mentioned he plans to meet with leaders at MPD and the Office of Violence Prevention to have more officers and advocates in the communities.