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What can be done about the violence? Alderman: “I don’t think we can police our way out of this”

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- It was a very violent Easter weekend in Milwaukee -- with seven shootings occurring this weekend -- five of them within a two-hour period on Saturday, April 4th. Things didn't seem to slow down as the work week began. Early Monday morning, April 6th, police were on the scene of a homicide. This, as Milwaukee alderman is working to turn troublemakers into peacemakers.

Shortly after 1:00 a.m. Monday, police were called out to the 2300 block of N. Buffum Street. They say a 26-year-old Milwaukee man was shot while inside a vehicle. He was taken to the hospital, where he later died. The victim has been identified as Courtney Franklin.

There is seemingly no easy answer to the problem of violence in Milwaukee, and city leaders expected it would get worse as the weather gets warmer. City leaders are working to prepare programs aimed at combating the violence.

A breakdown of the shooting incidents that occurred this weekend is as follows:

  • 5200 block of N. Green Bay Road: 22-year-old Milwaukee man shot as an argument occurred during a basketball game. The shooter fled the scene. The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office is investigating this incident, and is looking for a yellow Ford Mustang that fled the scene.
  • 4000 block of N. 27th Street: 30-year-old Milwaukee man shot while in a vehicle pulling out of a gas station. Police say the driver of the victim's vehicle yelled at the driver of another vehicle that was nearly struck. That driver pulled out a gun and fired one round into the victim's vehicle. The suspect vehicle fled the scene.
  • 7200 block of N. Teutonia Avenue: 32-year-old Milwaukee man shot during a funeral when two members of the same family began to argue. The victim was shot as he started to drive away. The shooter was arrested by the Brown Deer Police Department.
  • 3700 block of N. 23rd Street: 19-year-old Milwaukee man shot by occupants of a vehicle that passed him as he was walking down the street.
  • 1000 N. Old World Third Street: 44-year-old Milwaukee man shot while working security at Notte Nite Lounge after confronting a group of males he had denied entry to in an alley just south of the club. Police arrested a 23-year-old man after a short foot pursuit.
  • 5200 block of W. Hampton Avenue: Two people killed and a third wounded in a shooting outside Comments Bar. Police say the gunfire erupted at bar closing. Two people apparently bumped into each other -- which prompted an argument. Both individuals then went to their cars, retrieved firearms, met in front of the bar and continued to argue. At one point, they both drew their weapons and shot each other. Both died on scene from their injuries. The victims have been identified as 24-year-old Aaron Harmon and 33-year-old Jeremy Green.
  • 104th and Kiehnau: 27-year-old Matthew Andler of Elkhorn shot and killed after police say the victim showed up to purchase drugs and was then shot by the drug dealer during the transaction. Police arrested a 17-year-old boy and a 27-year-old man, and recovered a firearm.

FOX6 News has learned the shooting that occurred near 27th and Capitol, involving a 30-year-old Milwaukee man who was shot while in a vehicle pulling out of a gas station -- and the shooting on N. Teutonia Saturday, involving a 32-year-old Milwaukee man shot during a funeral involved the same suspect.

"It's time to wake up," Milwaukee Alderman Ashanti Hamilton said.

Many of the shootings that have occurred in recent days have happened in Alderman Hamilton's district.

"May is supposed to be Violence Prevention Month. Across City Hall, at the Mayor's Office , many community partners throughout the city -- we've come together," Alderman Hamilton said.

Hamilton says there are plans for police and community leaders to meet with those who may be the ones responsible for bringing guns and violence to the streets of Milwaukee -- to open up a dialogue. Former gang leaders and former convicts are helping in this effort.

"Getting folks who may be carrying those weapons, the ones that may be purchasing them for other folks, the ones that may have people living in their houses that may have access to those weapons participating in this discussion about -- how is it that we can get them to understand that the person they may be saving is themselves? I don't think we can police our way out of this," Alderman Hamilton said.

28 comments

  • Petey

    Nooooooo, you’ll never police your way out of this, that’s for sure. The root cause of this is a lack of parenting and that’s putting it mildly. If you let your kids say, do, watch anything they want this is the product you get. It’ll take generations to get rid of this and it’s even too late for that. The situation can only get worse. The Bible tells us to train up a child in the way he should go. Yup, and in this case, go any which way you want.

  • s holmes

    Years ago StLouis had a real problem, good people being shot dead by car jackers for their cars. What to do, what to do? The city council got together & after a certain time changed the stop lights to yellow. People in cars were allowed to carry no permit needed. Gangbangers were warned not to go up to cars or you will be shot dead. The car jackings stopped at that time. I’m sure the libs cryed crocodile tears later & changed this “dangerous” public safety law.

    • Bill

      The City council is a big part of the problem in Milwaukee. Some of them (Coggs) hate and protest the police. So lets just have another tax funded program. Detroit south should be the name of this city, cause we’re headed there!

  • Maria

    I believe strongly in the separation of church and state. The state is not designed nor equipped to address the emotions or philosophies that create the mindset for crime. By doing so, it steps over a threshold into a role of shaping thought and behavior. Eventually, it will abuse that power, as other States have done all through history. The role of the State is to ensure sound law and enforce said law. Thats it. Like Brandi Grayson of Madison said, it should just be “reactive”. All these proactive programs are just taking the place of parents, religion, subcultural structures. Some believe they are propping up a falling community, but in actuality, they are the ones removing its foundation.

  • Obamasucks

    Alderman Hamilton doesn’t know where the majority of the guns come from, a small portion for of the guns these criminals get are from family buying them for them. Most are black market. Blow your horn, get your face time and stick your head in the sand about what the real problems are. Let’s get a chief of police that has a set that he uses on the street and not on his female officers and a Mayor who wants to fix the problems instead of adding to them.

  • Marine Assassin Grunt

    Let’s start by arresting all the pants down thugs, yup arrest and fine them over and over, women can’t walk around like this, why do we let thugs do it? Also a curfew for all 18 and under, and enforce it. Its just a start.

    • Cameron

      Well then, let’s arrest all the females with their shirts down and breasts hanging out. They must be prostitutes. Saggy pants don’t make you a thug any more than a trench coat makes you a mass murderer.

  • Dumb and Dumber

    I remember when Mayor Tom and Chief Ed use to stand in front of as many cameras as they could find and proclaim how wonderful they were. They touted big reductions in crime and claimed it was their policies that were responsible for the decrease in violence. Then Chief Ed got his hand caught in the cookie jar massaging the crime stats. Since that happened, I don’t recall any more press conferences. So now Milwaukee has had about 7 or 8 years of these policies under the dynamic duo. So it seems to me if they want claim responsibility for the reduction in crime, they should also take responsibility for the increase in crime. What are the chances that will happen?

  • CHOKING TAXPAYER

    Only way to control the murders in the city is to put Sheriff Clarke in command and take the city back. Bring back the hanging judge seraphim as well.

  • ZOMBIE DONTRE

    Not racist just hate n*ggers like you. The majority of blacks are not hard working which is why they live in filth

      • Mr. Bob

        Cameron, he is an old bitter black racist and you can tell that by his improper use of grammar (He 50 pounds overweight). He likes to blame all of the problems of the world on slavery and cannot offer any sensible solutions to problems, only try to find fault. He brags about his biggest accomplishment (graduating from 4th grade after investing 3 years there.) Crawl back in your cage it is not feeding time yet!!!

      • Cameron

        Ha ha. Struck a nerve there, did I? I promise you, Bob, I am, by far, more educated than you are, or ever will be. I bet your real name is “Simon”; as in simple. Keep telling yourself racism and discrimination aren’t part and parcel to the state of our inner cities, in THIS country, today. Grab a beer, go back down in your basement and bathe in your own self loathing.

  • Gary Graika, aka "TRUCK"

    WHY DOES EVERYBODY HAVE A PRESS CONFERENCE, A VIGIL AND A MARCH, “AFTER”, SOMEONE IS KILLED? WHY DO THE CHIEF OR MAYOR, GO TO CHURCHES TO SPEAK. WHY DO WE HAVE A VIOLENCE PREVENTION “MONTH”? GET OUT OF YOUR OFFICES AND WALK THROUGH AND TALK, TO PEOPLE, BEFORE SOMEONE IS KILLED! I DID THIS MY ENTIRE CAREER, SAVED COUNTLESS LIVES AND WAS CRITICIZED, FOR IT. GO TO WHERE THE PROBLEMS ARE AND OFFER SOME HOPE, GUIDANCE AND A CHANCE AT A BETTER, REALISTIC FUTURE. MY “GUYS” AND I, MADE SUMMERFEST, AFRICAN WORLD FESTIVAL, MEXICAN FIESTA AND EVEN, JUNETEENTH, SAFER. NOBODY WANTS TO INTERVENE, MEDIATE OR SHOW SOME HEART AND GET OUT OF THRIR OFFICES, SCHOOLS, CHURCHES, ETC., BEFORE, PEOPLE ARE KILLED! NO ARREST RECORD, NEVER A GANGBANGER, BUTTHE BIGGEST HEART, IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD!

    • Gary Graika, aka "TRUCK"

      Thank you, so miuch. Unfortunately, I am semi retired, due to health issues.
      I have been called a “legend”, by gangbangers, law enforcement and school staff. However, I have been called a “dinosaur”, gang leader and insane, by some. LOL I will let GOD be my judge. I just wish someone, or group, stepped up and did what I no longer do. Thanks, again Feel free to Google, my name, look me up on jsonlineor repost my comments on Facebook, as I do not participate in social media.

    • Cameron

      Mr. Bob- Old white guy, hates his job and loves to pant at attractive women who walk by. He 50 pounds overweight, hates his wife and all women in general, except his mother. He hates her, but loves her. His hair(what is left) is,dark brown and greasy. He has thick glasses and gets off on calling people names from the safety of his downstairs received room where he has 5 points bucks on display with all of his treasured guns.

  • Nicole

    Milwaukee County shares the blame for I know of some ppl who have the right to carry that absolutely should not have a gun. Specifically know of one who flashes his often especially with kids around. He even lays it down and forgets it… Things like this happens when ppl are not put under rigorous screening prior to receiving conceal carry license… Not saying this is the only problem but it’s part of the problem…

    • s holmes

      200,000 license holders & one loose cannon? Did this person ever shoot anyone? carjack someone? rob a licquor store? Yeah, he’s part of the problem alright.

    • Cameron

      Unfortunately, it’s not the people who gave gone through the steps of legally obtaining a gun who are the main problem. It’s teenagers and young adults who come by them illegally who are committing crimes with them. Whenever there is a problem, law abiding citizens pay the price.

  • selfentitled

    So, what your sayin here is “Black on black violence does not represent the black community”
    GOTTCHA!!

  • Cameron

    You act as though white people don’t perpetrate violence against each other. Is that white guy who shot up the movie theater representative of the white community? How about the Sandy Hook shooter? Columbine? The list goes on. It isn’t a race issue, it is a community, national issue.

  • bill

    Stop denying the truth..NOT ENOUGH JOBS out here.these kids need something better to do..NOT enough daddy’s out here it’s not gonna get better ..

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