Three minors shot during pick-up basketball game
Charles Benson and James Kust
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MILWAUKEE - Three minors were shot during a pick-up basketball game Monday evening on Milwaukee's south side, according to Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn.
Shots were fired into a crowd playing basketball just before 7:00 p.m. near S. 26th Street and W. Orchard Street.
The teens, aged 15, 16 and 17 years old were playing basketball in the street when they were shot.
According to Flynn, the group of teens were playing until an argument broke out. A third party arrived to the game with a weapon.
TODAY'S TMJ4's Charles Benson talked with one mother who was outside when it happened. One of the bullets missed her son's head.
The injured teens will be okay, and a suspect is still on the run.
"I heard some arguing but I didn't think much of it you know," said Richie, who didn't want his last name used.
Richie lives with his young family just a couple doors down from where the teens were shot.
Police say the teens were playing basketball on the street when another man - upset over a previous argument about a cigarette - opened fire.
"There was lots of cops everywhere. I was kind of surprised. I'm really glad my family wasn't there though," said Richie.
Lots of police responded to the shooting including Alderman Bob Donovan who lives just two blocks from the shooting.
"It's frustrating Charles. But I will tell you were are reaping what we have sown," said Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan.
Donovan has been outspoken about the violence this summer and critical of the Mayor for not putting enough resources and officers on the street. He repeated those concerns at the shooting.
"I am sick and tired of this mayor and other people making excuses for poor and bad decision making over the years," said Donovan.
"Get the cops back on the streets so that they can maintain order before the city goes to hell in a handbasket."
The Mayor's Chief of Staff, Patrick Curley, says if Alderman Donovan wants to know what's going on he should sit down with the police chief and "get the real story."
Curley says since July 1st, police have taken 550 guns off the streets, compared to 2000 guns in all of 2012. They've made 2000 arrests since August 1st.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett talked with the mother of one of the injured teens at the hospital.