Investigators were called to the bar just before 7 a.m. and found two employees, one with multiple stab wounds and a gun shot wound.
The employees told police two men wearing hoodies and bandanas tried to rob the bar and grill. The suspects apparently got into the bar through a side door and forced a maintenance worker to the basement at gunpoint.
When the second employee arrived, a second suspect confronted him upstairs. That second suspect had a knife (from the kitchen) and gun. A struggle took place between the two -- and the employee suffered several stab wounds to the arm and face. At some point, the gun also went off and struck the employee in the leg.
The employee who was stabbed and shot is the owner of 4th Base Bar & Grill. Officials say his injuries do not appear to be life threatening.
Hearing the commotion, the suspect downstairs came upstairs, and the two robbers left without taking anything.
The two ran in the direction of the Veterans Administration building. That's where a police K-9 unit lost track the suspects' scents.
Police says one suspect is described as a black man, about 25 years old, 6' tall, weighing about 180 pounds. He had a black mask, black hoodie and was armed with a handgun.
The second suspect is described as a black man with lighter skin, 6' tall, weighing 180 pounds. He too was wearing a mask and light brown hoodie. He had freckles.
The 4th Base Bar and Grill was reopened by lunchtime Thursday.
If you have information that could help police in this case, you're urged to call the West Milwaukee Police Department at (414)645-2151.
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