More overnight shootings leave police frustrated
Annie Scholz and Jaclyn Brandt
MILWAUKEE - There have been 19 shootings in just five days in Milwaukee and the police chief is sharing his frustration.
Police tape, squad cars, and a body on the ground at 78th and Calumet Wednesday afternoon, after an argument turned deadly.
"It escalated from sharp words to vandalism to fisticuffs to somebody went for their gun to somebody's dead," Chief Flynn said.
The victim in the shooting was a 26-year-old man.
"The initial investigation has determined that this incident started as a verbal argument and escalated to a property damage then to a physical fight, at which time the shooting suspects left the area and then returned and shot the victim," according to Milwaukee Police.
A woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, described hearing the shots.
“I looked in that direction and I saw people scattering," she said.
It's a story we've heard before, and one we’ve heard over and over again in just the last few days.
There was also a shooting Wednesday afternoon at 9th and Hayes.
"They were side to side and they shot him with a gun," a witness said.
There was another shooting at 43rd and Oklahoma, and another one at Sherman and Capitol, overnight. There have been several more since Monday, and a dozen over the weekend. It’s a spree so bad, the city will spend half a million dollars on police overtime trying to stop it.
"We are not going to allow criminals to change this city. We are fighting back," said Mayor Tom Barrett. "We are fighting back hard. We are fighting back strong."
A fight, it seems, that won't be easy.
"Unpredictable disputes among people who are only slightly known to each other, that's tough to map out and interdict, so it's frustrating," Flynn said.