Ceasefire Sabbath on heels of violent weekend: Mayor Barrett wants folks “outraged & engaged”

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- It was another violent weekend in Milwaukee -- particularly on Saturday, May 16th -- the eve of Ceasefire Sabbath. We saw at least nine shooting incidents on Saturday, including one with five victims. That shooting occurred during a vigil to remember a young man who lost his life to gun violence one day prior. Five people were shot in separate incidents late Saturday into Sunday. On Sunday morning, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett was in churches in Milwaukee -- spreading his message of non-violence.

The following is a breakdown of the shooting incidents Milwaukee police dealt with on Saturday, May 16th:

  • S. 11th Street and W. Greenfield Avenue:

Police were dispatched just before 3:00 a.m., and found 24-year-old Corey Bowens of Milwaukee shot in his apartment. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

No one is in custody. Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding this incident.

  • N. 26th Street and N. Port Sunlight Way:

Police were dispatched around 2:00 p.m. for a 34-year-old man shot and injured. The man was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Police believe this shooting to be robbery-related.

No one is in custody.

  • N. 25th Street and W. Concordia Avenue:

Police were dispatched shortly before 6:00 p.m. for an 18-year-old man shot and injured. The man was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Police believe this shooting occurred as a result of a dispute.

No one is in custody.

  • N. 29th Street and W. Burleigh Street:

Police were called out to the scene around 6:00 p.m. for five shooting victims.

Authorities say a crowd had gathered in memory of 18-year-old Kendrai Walker -- shot and killed Friday night, May 15th near 28th and Burleigh.

Police say the large group of people was in the alley when at least one person fired several shots.

29th and Burleigh shooting with five victims

29th and Burleigh shooting with five victims

The victims are as follows:

  1. 56-year-old woman who suffered a graze wound
  2. 52-year-old woman who was shot and injured
  3. 23-year-old woman who suffered a graze wound
  4. 22-year-old man sustained a serious injury
  5. 20-year-old man who was shot and injured

No one is in custody.

Five shooting incidents occurred Saturday night and into Sunday morning. Details are as follows:

  • N. 16th Street and W. Locust Street:

Police were dispatched around 7:30 p.m. for a 34-year-old man who was shot and injured. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Police say this shooting allegedly occurred as a result of a robbery, but they say the victim isn't being forthcoming as to what occurred, and delayed reporting the incident for a period of time.

  • N. 41st Street and W. Lisbon Avenue:

Police were dispatched around 9:00 p.m. Saturday for a 26-year-old man who was shot and injured. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Police believe this shooting occurred as a result of a dispute.

No one is in custody.

  • N. 25th Street and W. Wells Street:

Police were called out to the scene around 1:30 a.m. for a 19-year-old man who was shot and injured.

The motive for this shooting is unknown.

No one is in custody.

  • N. Hopkins Street and W. Courtland Avenue:

Police were dispatched just after 1:30 a.m. for a 30-year-old man shot and injured.

Police say this shooting occurred as a result of an altercation.

No one is in custody.

Police were also on the scene of a shooting near 25th Street and W. Auer Avenue on Saturday night. Police say one person was shot, but that person was able to drive themselves to the hospital for treatment. No one is in custody.

No further, specific details as to what occurred have been released.

25th and Auer shooting

25th and Auer shooting

On Friday, May 15th, an 18-year-old Milwaukee man, identified as Kendrai Walker, was found shot in an alley near 28th and Burleigh shortly after 10:00 p.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

No one is in custody.

On Friday night, around 10:00 p.m., a male victim was shot and injured near 28th and Auer.

No one is in custody.

Earlier Friday, around 11:00 a.m., a 20-year-old Milwaukee man was found shot and injured near 19th and Clarke.

Police say the man was shot after exiting a vehicle. They say he is not cooperating with investigators as to what led up to this shooting.

The man was taken to the hospital for treatment.

No one is in custody.

On Friday morning, just before 1:00 a.m., police say a victim was shot and injured near 26th and State in Milwaukee. No further details have been released as to this incident.

26th and State shooting

26th and State shooting

Later Friday morning, just after 3:00 a.m., police were called out to 14th and Finn, but later said this incident wasn't a shooting. It is unclear what happened, but responding officers said the male victim wasn't shot, and that victim was reportedly being uncooperative. No arrests were made.

14th and Finn

With all of this senseless violence in Milwaukee, Mayor Tom Barrett was out in churches on Sunday for Ceasefire Sabbath -- encouraging folks to do what they can to stop the violence.

Mayor Barrett sat among members of the New Covenant Baptist Church Sunday morning -- with recent violent incidents weighing heavily on his heart.

"I need your help to make this a safer city," Mayor Barrett said.

With at least nine shooting incidents on Saturday (one with five victims, occurring at a vigil held for a young man who lost his life to gun violence), and four incidents on Friday (one a homicide), Barrett's effort to promote peace is more important now than ever.

"Even with the rash of violence, I'm more determined than ever to do what we can to get this community engaged and outraged at the level of violence," Barrett said.

Barrett said Sunday the number of homicides in Milwaukee is up nearly 200% over last year.

"How do we change this? What do we do?" Barrett asked.

As part of Mayor Barrett's annual Ceasefire Sabbath initiative, he reached out to the faith community in hopes they can connect with their loved ones.

"There are people who get in trouble who have mothers and grandmothers, who have cousins or brothers and they can reach them because government can`t reach everyone," Mayor Barrett said.

Jesse Ware, chairman of the Deacon Board says he feels the faith community can influence young people.

"I think it`s sad and I don`t think the police department can do it alone. We got things going on here at the church, talking to our young kids and young adults in the neighborhood, speaking out about crime, getting the young people involved. Once we get in touch with our young adults, we can start making some groups but we have to do it as a unit," Ware said.

Mayor Barrett says the solution to all the violence is a multi-faceted one.

"We have to deal with this problem and we are doing that by having more police officers, more money for summer jobs, more transitional jobs -- but I need the faith community and neighborhood groups to be a part of it," Mayor Barrett said.

Barrett visited at least five churches on Sunday and prayed his message goes well beyond their walls. He says it's imperative the community gets involved if any change is going to occur.

If you have any information as to any of the shooting incidents that occurred this weekend -- you're asked to contact Milwaukee police.

14 comments

  • Obamasucks

    Barrett needs to get run out of office all of his ideas are childish and have no effect on real world problems. Take Flynn with him!

  • Breier was the BEST!

    Like “Engaged and Enraged” slogan is going to work. Hey Mayor Quimby,by don’t you just tell all your Obama/Barrett voters to stop the violence? Stop killing each other? What stupid slogan will you have next,”Be Jolly and ride my Trolley”

    • Breier was the BEST!

      That’s right,it’s Outraged and Engaged is the slogan,enraged and engaged was last year,still stupid and won’t work.

  • Curbcooler

    Clarke is more interested in being a Fox News host it’s than he is a sheriff! The city has gotten worse under him and he runs as a fake democrat every election just to win the black vote even though he is a clear Uncle Tom who uses his position to promote NRA products and republican conventions instead of working with inner city residents(disgusting). What on earth qualifies him to be mayor?! Barret has created more jobs in Milwaukee than any other Wisconsin mayor! Obviously you don’t get reflected as much as he has for over a decade in landslides unless the city approves of you.

  • Curbcooler

    And it shouldn’t surprise me that a right winger like yourself would site a openly racist and pro segregationist like Harold Breier. Harold was against the 1960s civil rights movement and did secret probes on the NAACP at the time to try and suppress it, had open disdain for black people. And rushed to blame black men after a white husband claimed that a black man killed and kidnapped his wife by north ridge mall which we of course found out later that white husband did th willing himself and blamed it on a black man. And let’s not forget how that despicable bigot tried to blame a Black for the grisly murders in Milwaukee in the a early 90s only to find out it was buy a WHITE gut by the name of Jeffrey Dahmer!

    • Mr. Bob

      Clarke is more interested in being a Fox News host it’s than he is a sheriff! The city has gotten worse under him and he runs as a fake democrat every election just to win the black vote even though he is a clear Uncle Tom who uses his position to promote NRA products and republican conventions instead of working with inner city residents(disgusting).
      YOU CURBCOOLER ARE THE RACIST. With your Uncle Tom comment you clearly demonstrate your bias. You despise Sheriff Clarke because he has common sense and intelligence and doesn’t just accept the status quo
      As far as barrett being elected (not reflected as you stated) over and over it is because Milwaukee has long been a democrat city. That also explains why Sheriff Clarke has to run as a democrat not to win just the black vote as you have incorrectly stated, but to win the mindless democratic vote of the vast majority of imbeciles who continue to vote democratic regardless of how useless the candidates are like barrett, pratt and norquist. Fortunately Sheriff Clarke does have the correct mindset of the republican party. How big is that chip on your shoulder punk???

  • Neal

    While appealing to the churches for help in fighting crime sounds like a good idea, in reality you are preaching the choir there, churchgoing folks aren’t the ones shooting up neighborhoods. The only thing these criminals seem to understand is action. What we need are more police gang raids, drug house take downs, and maybe even boots on the ground from the national guard in key areas to quell violence. Clearly the criminal elements have declared war on each other in Milwaukee, its time law and order fight back and fight back hard!

  • Mr. Bob

    Agreed GMAN!! These punks don’t want jobs. They want to play the gangster role and rob, shoot and pillage. They would never work a job because they are too lazy and too stupid to follow directions.
    Why does this idiot barrett continue to approach the people who are actually good people instead of ordering his spineless, jellyfish, cowardly weasel chief flynn to conduct some late evening inspections of troublesome bars and nightclubs?? That’s where these felons carrying firearms are hanging out not in church on a Sunday morning. How many wanted felons might they be able to round up if they checked these taverns in neighborhoods with the highest rate of violent crime??? No it just makes for better press to show up in church on a Sunday…

  • Tawana

    the churches in killwaukee aint never gave a dayum about the inner city violence- all they wanna do is collect tithes and offerings so pastor can drive a maybach and live in river hills-far away from the mayhem!!!

  • dighard

    This clown Barrett has no clue what to do.
    He can ask Moochal Obama,maybe they can hash tag these thugs to stop??

  • El gato

    Barrett is a stupid, incompetent Democrat who couldn’t find his way out of a paper bag. Milwaukee needs a Guiliani type mayor who know what it takes to clean up crime. All the smoke coming out of Democrats hind ends does nothing! Look at NYC!

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