Family of 2-year-old who was shot wants the violence to stop

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- A 2-year-old remains in the hospital after being shot while watching TV in his home, and the community wants the violence to stop. Friends and family held a vigil for the child Friday, April 11th.

"My nephew is in the hospital, he's not conscious, he's doing the best that he can under the circumstances. We're praying for him, and the family would just like to say thank you for your prayers," said Rick Farmer, the boy's uncle.

Community activist Tracey Dent says it's time to participate in neighborhood watches and change the mindset about giving information to the police.

"You had seven shootings in one week and it's not even the weekend just now here, and we're afraid. What's going to happen? What's going to happen tonight? What's going to happen tomorrow?" wondered Dent.

The overwhelming message at the vigil was that the guns need to come down, and that it's time to stop sheltering those who commit these crimes.

"The community is dying because of the guns. The neighbors need to come out and let us know who did it and why they did it. Somebody knows something and we're asking you to come out because if it happened to my nephew, it could happen to your child, " said Farmer.

The 2-year-old was not the intended target in the shooting. The boy is expected to survive.

Last month several people in the same home were arrested with guns, however this family just recently moved into the home. Some believe the incident may have been a case of mistaken identity.

7 comments

  • JG

    I hope and pray for this young child that he fully recovers. Many prayers and thoughts to his family as well.

  • JCASSB

    Very sad to hear but it’s a vicious cycle. Most parents in the inner city don’t know where their kids are late at night or for that matter during the day when they should be in school. That only leads to young kids being raised by the wrong crowd and causing trouble. The innocent victims in these neighborhoods know the hoodlums running amuck in the streets but refuse to snitch because it’s someone’s kid they know. These events will continue until parents start to lead by example and take control of what their kids are doing

  • chick

    It is NOT the guns it is the people behind the guns, one more fact that all people should carry a gun , shot and kill the bad guys and keep them in prison and reistate the death penalty and stop paying for them to live an eye for an eye a tooth for a tooth, let it be herd

    • Ms Elizabeth (@festachick)

      Amen Chick!!! Of course the bleeding hearts,the same ones who mommycoddle violent criminals,always blame the gun instead of the Godless POS pulling the trigger. I agree in having the Death Penalty. Execute ALL violent criminals.

  • scott s

    are you sure that someone pulled a trigger??? that man said the “gun” is the reason the community is dying??? therefore, it must be those “magical” guns. too bad the guns could not be the same ones our military uses to keep us and our soldiers safe…

  • triplea

    All states that currently have e death penalty see no reduction in violent crime. So that isn’t the answer. Behind dumb shootings like this is a dummy with a gun. Any fool talking about disarming citizens is nothing more than a detriment to the community and cannot be the voice of the community. The solution is to arm intelligent citizens and take your communities back. When you have homes on your block that host to much unruly traffic, report it let the overseers have the non productive miscreants. If those same fools attempt to infringe upon your personal space, learn to make executive decision without hesitation. Better to be judged by twelve than carried by six.

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