UPDATE: Several Shots Fired at Milwaukee Fire Station
UPDATE: CBS 58—A Milwaukee Fire Station is closed after shots were fired at the building Friday afternoon.
It happened around 1 PM at Station 13 near 30th and Locust Streets.
“I was inside doing home improvement and heard the bang, bang, bang, bang,” said Dave Childs, who lives across the street. “Those guys are there for us. I can't understand why they would target the fire house.”
At least six shots were fired, some hit the side of the building and one went through the window, in to the fire station.
“It's extremely scary, not only for our firefighters, but for our organization as well as their family members, to hear something like this could possibly happen to a loved one,” said Assistant Chief Gerard Washington with the Milwaukee Fire Department.
Washington says it's especially disheartening because this fire house is a part of this neighborhood, with a Little Free Library out front and a park next door.
In fact neighbors say around 1 pm, when the shots rang out, there are usually kids in the area.
“They [kids] were just starting to come up on the playground,” Childs said.
No one was hurt but the firefighters on duty at the time, were sent home.
“It's not about only their physical well-being, it's obviously their mental well-being,” Washington said. “And our thoughts are that if they're not mentally prepared to help the public, they're no good to anyone.”
The station will be closed during the investigation. Firefighters will respond to calls from Station 5.
Multiple shots were fired into Fire Station 13 located at 2901 N. 30th St. on Friday.
No Milwaukee Fire Department members were injured.
The Milwaukee Police Department is currently investigating this incident.
Until further notice, Fire Station 13 will be closed.
Engine Company 13, which normally is located at Fire Station 13, will respond from Fire Station 5, (1313 W. Reservoir Ave.) effective Saturday, February 18, 2017, at 8:00 am.