Two dead after 13 shootings since Friday: Mayor Barrett’s budget proposal to call for more officers

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Milwaukee police have seen a violent few days in the city -- with 13 separate shooting incidents occurring since Friday, September 19th, and two people are dead. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett will make his budget proposal on Tuesday, September 23rd -- and he says that budget proposal will call for an increase in police officers in the city of Milwaukee.

Following a weekend during which police were called out to 12 separate shooting scenes, police were on the scene of a homicide on Monday, September 22nd.

Police say a 48-year-old Milwaukee man was gunned down in the 4200 block of N. 25th Street on Monday morning.

It happened around 10:15 a.m.

Police do not have any suspects in custody. The investigation into this incident is ongoing.

The breakdown of this weekend's incidents is as follows:

It began on Friday night, around 9:00 p.m. -- with a double shooting in the 2600 block of N. 50th Street. Police say one of the victims, a 26-year-old woman, sustained serious injuries. That woman later died.

Police have identified the 26-year-old woman as Amina Muhammad.

The other victim, a 31-year-old man, was injured, but it is believed he will survive.

Police say the circumstances that led to the shooting are under investigation.

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It was around 2:30 a.m. that the second shooting incident occurred -- in the 4700 block of N. 35th Street. Police say a 22-year-old man was shot and injured. He was taken to the hospital, and it is believed he will survive.

Police say the victim indicated he was walking in the area, when shots were fired from a vehicle, and he was struck.

The motive for the shooting is under investigation.

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Shortly after 3:00 a.m., police were called to the 1900 block of N. 17th Street for a 23-year-old man, shot and injured.

Police say that man sustained a serious injury and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Police say the victim indicated he was in the area when shots were fired from a vehicle.

The motive for the shooting is under investigation.

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Just after 3:30 a.m., a 21-year-old man was shot in the 3400 block of N. 37th Street. Police say the victim was taken to the hospital for treatment -- and he is expected to survive.

Police say the victim indicated he was in the area when he heard shots and realized he was struck.

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At the same time police were responding to the shooting on N. 37th Street -- police were called out to the 4700 block of N. Hopkins. There, a 22-year-old man was found shot. He was taken to the hospital, and was in stable condition.

Police say the circumstances leading to this shooting are under investigation.

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The second double shooting of the weekend occurred shortly before 5:00 a.m. Saturday -- in the 800 block of S. 10th Street.

Police say a 21-year-old man and a 20-year-old man suffered serious injuries. They were taken to the hospital for treatment.

Police believe this shooting to be robbery-related.

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Shortly before 6:30 a.m. Saturday, police were called out to the 3100 block of W. Lloyd Street.

Police say a 33-year-old man was shot, and was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries. It is believed that he will survive.

Police believe this shooting occurred as a result of a dispute with a known individual.

Police say their investigation is ongoing.

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On Saturday night, just before 8:30 p.m., police were called out to the 2600 block of S. 7th Street.

There, police say a 30-year-old man was shot and injured. That man was taken to the hospital for treatment -- and is expected to survive.

Police say the victim was robbed and shot as he attempted to complete a drug transaction.

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Shortly after 10:30 p.m., police were dispatched to the 2200 block of S. 20th Street.

Police say an 18-year-old man was shot and seriously injured. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

The circumstances that led to this shooting are under investigation.

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Just before 2:00 a.m. Sunday, September 21st, police were on the scene in the 1400 block of W. Madison -- where a 32-year-old man was shot.

Police say the man was injured -- but is expected to survive. He was taken to the hospital.

Police believe this shooting to be robbery-related.

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Shortly before 5:00 a.m. Sunday, police were on the scene in the 2200 block of S. 15th Place.

Police tell FOX6 News a male victim was shot and injured.

The extent of the victim’s injuries is unclear. It is also unknown whether police have anyone in custody in connection with this shooting.

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Another shooting occurred later Sunday morning in the 3600 block of N. 15th Street.

Police tell FOX6 News the victim is an adult man. The extent of his injuries is unknown — but he was transported to the hospital for treatment.

The call for this shooting came in around 9:45 a.m.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says his budget proposal will include a call for an increase in the number of sworn police officers on Milwaukee's streets.

"With public safety, we're going to bring our sworn staff to where it was in 2012," Mayor Barrett said.

Mayor Barrett says crime in general is down from prior years -- but he says he'd like to see 85 more police officers on the streets. With retirements on the horizon, however, the net increase would be approximately 12 new police officers.

Mayor Barrett says his budget proposal will ask that $80 million be directed towards repairing and maintaining the city's infrastructure. An average homeowner can expect a $20 increase in property taxes and fees.

Alderman Nik Kovac is the head of the city's Finance Committee. He also represents the city's East Side, which was impacted by a recent uptick in armed robberies.

"If our question is 'how can we catch teenagers that are committing mugging,' I don't think the answer is by having more officers. I think the answer to that question should be by having smarter officers, but also by having programs including libraries, health, schools," Kovac said.

Mayor Barrett says he's calling on members of the community to do their part to decrease violence in the city.

"Our message is if there is someone in your family, someone you care about involved with guns, drugs, or illegal gangs, do what you can to get them out of it," Mayor Barrett said.

Mayor Barrett's budget proposal will be unveiled on Tuesday morning. Following public hearings, a final budget will be approved in November.

22 comments

  • milw0138

    the first incident happened at 10:15 am, name one gang banger that is up at 10:15 am??? ohh, maybe he was on his way to a job interview.

  • Bill

    I love listening to Kovac and Barrett coming up with solutions like more books and programs, a gun hotline, and give your cousin a hug. Good lord these guys are either doing schrooms all day long, or have fallen and bumped their head.

  • dancing in the ruins

    what good is more police? the people in the inner city don’t help the cops anyway – snitches get stiches – and when the cops do their job there they end up getting sued.
    how about less police in the inner city? maybe they will all kill each other off sooner. the problem takes care of itself and saves the rest of us law abiding citizens tax dollars.

  • kipp kearney

    Fix the justice system! They just let loose the repeat thugs over and over. Put a squad on every corner of inner city and shoot to kill after sundown.

  • kimmy

    I think Tom Barrett’s comment about more African Americans are dying than ant other race are dying because of gun violence is prejudice. I thought he was a Democrat!

  • Mick

    But they always say poverty causes crime, lack of education causes crime and so on… Bla, bla, bla… Low life, lazy losers cause crime and so do the losers who come into the hood to buy drugs and so on… Where is Hitler when you really need him… Hitler had the right idea, he just picked the wrong people to wipe out.

  • mike

    the problem is that you have district attorneys and judges using letting everyone off with a slap on the wrist not just once or two times, but half a dozen or more, if you do the crime, you do the time.

    • soulobigdaddy

      just because you don’t see them doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Positive things, especially where blacks are concerned, don’t get much publicity because it doesn’t sell papers…chew on that for a bit!

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