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Gas station on Sherman, burned by protesters, has seen several incidents this summer

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MILWAUKEE — The gas station at Sherman and Burleigh that was set on fire Saturday night, August 13th/Sunday morning, August 14th has been the scene of several incidents this summer — beginning in late June.

What remains after unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

What remains after unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

Fire burns at gas station near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

Fire burns at gas station near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

On June 29th, windows were broken at the gas station, which had to be closed due to safety concerns after a group of teenagers caused a disturbance at the nearby Sherman Park.

BP gas station near Sherman Park

BP gas station near Sherman Park

On that night, police and deputies responded to Sherman Park in riot gear after young people were apparently throwing rocks and bottles. The window of a Milwaukee County Transit System bus was also damaged.

Sherman Park

Sherman Park

Damage to MCTS bus near Sherman Park

Damage to MCTS bus near Sherman Park

On July 17th, an 18-year-old man was shot and wounded after police say an argument occurred in Sherman Park. The suspect fled the scene on foot after the shooting, police said.

Two days later, on July 19th, Bhupinder Sidhu, a former clerk at the BP gas station was arrested — accused of firing shots at the gas station after a large group of juveniles came to the gas station after Sherman Park closed.

BP gas station at Sherman & Burleigh

BP gas station at Sherman & Burleigh

Sidhu told investigators he feared for his safety and his employee’s safety, after that employee attempted to close the door to the store but couldn’t because someone was holding it open. So Sidhu said he took his loaded gun from behind the counter and exited the store — pointing his gun into the air and firing two rounds “in order to try to get people to leave the store.”

Sidhu was charged with disorderly conduct, use of a dangerous weapon.

The incident led to protests and a call to boycott the gas station.

Protest at BP gas station near Sherman and Burleigh

Protest at BP gas station near Sherman and Burleigh

Protest at BP gas station near Sherman Park

Protest at BP gas station near Sherman Park

Protest at BP gas station at Sherman and Burleigh

Protest at BP gas station at Sherman and Burleigh

Amid the protest, the gas station’s owner lowered the price of gas to $1.99 per gallon in an effort to bring customers to his store.

BP gas station at Sherman and Burleigh

BP gas station at Sherman and Burleigh

The move drew a line of cars to the gas station — but those looking to fill their tanks with cheap gas had to deal with taunts from protesters.

After three days of protests and calls for a boycott, protesters and the gas station’s owner came together for a block party, after community members and store owners met to try to come to an understanding.

Block party at Sherman & Burleigh

Block party at Sherman & Burleigh

On July 23rd, a fatal shooting happened near the gas station.

Police said 22-year-old Jovonte Daniels was confronted by a suspect and words were exchanged, when the suspect shot Daniels and fled the scene.

Daniels died at a hospital.

BP gas station at Sherman & Burleigh

BP gas station at Sherman & Burleigh

On August 12th, in the hours before the gas station was set on fire, another fatal shooting occurred at Sherman and Burleigh, near the gas station.

N. Sherman and Burleigh homicide

N. Sherman and Burleigh homicide

According to police, a 33-year-old man was driving near the intersection when he was shot — he then crashed the vehicle nearby.

Police say the victim was transported to Froedtert Hospital where he died.

N. Sherman and Burleigh homicide

N. Sherman and Burleigh homicide

This was one of five homicides to occur Friday, August 12th and Saturday, August 13th.

Hours later, on Saturday night, violence erupted in the area surrounding 44th and Auer after a fatal officer-involved shooting there.

On Saturday afternoon, a pair of police officers stopped two people driving through the north-side neighborhood, police said. That led to a foot chase between the people in the car and police, which ended when an officer shot one of the two — a 23-year-old man who was armed with a handgun, authorities said.

The police officer “ordered that individual to drop his gun, the individual did not drop his gun,” Barrett said during a news conference later in the day. “He had the gun with him and the officer fired several times.”

The man died at the scene. It was unclear Sunday morning whether the second occupant of the car was in police custody. The officer who fired the fatal shots was not injured and will be placed on administrative duty during an investigation.

The officer who fired the deadly shots is 24 years old and has six years of service with the Milwaukee Police Department — three as an officer. Police provided no further details on the identities of the officer or the occupants of the car.

officer-involved shooting

officer-involved shooting2

There were fires Saturday night/Sunday morning at the BP gas station, Jet Beauty near 35th and Fond du Lac, BMO Harris Bank near 36th and Fond du Lac, O’Relly Auto Parts near Fond du Lac and Burleigh, and MJM Liquor near Fond du Lac and North.

At 3:20 a.m. Sunday, police tweeted that they were restoring order and “reducing deployments.”

What remains after unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

What remains after unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

Local officials plan to meet with church and community leaders Sunday to discuss ways to move forward.

What remains after unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

What remains after unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

Monitor FOX6 News and FOX6Now.com for updates on this developing story.

10 comments

  • Snerdguy

    The officer didn’t shoot some unarmed person. He shot a guy who refused to drop his gun. But, I think this riot was already in the works and this was just a good excuse. Somebody is the leader who has likely been preaching to these people about entitlement and how they have been wronged and how unjustly they been treated. Who ever is doing this is just enabling a bunch of thugs to act out and pretend they are getting some kind of justice. All they are doing is destroying their own neighborhood any making it more unlikely the anybody would bring new businesses and jobs there. This isn’t only community with economic problems . Lots of cities go through it. Were they actually denied an education of did they drop out? We have people in the city where I live who constantly complain about crime and entitlement and jobs. We have factories needing workers here. But, the people complaining the most can’t seem to pass a drug test. Heroin is the economy now.

  • Mark

    well, you all don’t have to worry about your ‘black dollars’ being spent at this business anymore. Well done… idiots.

  • SMD603

    The article says that the BP station was set on fire by protesters. We need to start calling it what it is and write the truth. The BP station was set on fire by Arsonists which in the state if Wisconsin is a felony, not a form of protest. If I owned any of the affected businesses I would take my services, jobs, and tax money elsewhere. Maybe if journalists started reporting facts 1 future “protester” will decide before they throw a rock or a molitov cocktail that the act would make them a criminal and not a protester, they may put the rock or match down.

  • Maggies May Child

    When the original arguments against stores being located near Sherman Park was made in the 70’s I was there. The key issue was the disconnection of the purpose of the park to be a community anchor was lost when allowing stores became the priority. When Sherman Park was originally saved from the bulldozer in the 70s the closest stores were 5-10 blocks away. The urban design was changed and it became self defeating to the point the park should be a place where you have to think. If you didn’t bring ice than its a long walk to buy some. The absence of businesses by design around the original Sherman Park was to force walking to vent the frustrations of life. By walking we got out of the house, met the neighbors and had a stronger community.

    What ended the vision of the original Sherman Park urban design was the greed to make a profit. To sell kids stuff. To make it OK not to plan for everything needed for a picnic. We preached to the Sherman Park Kids on being responsible but then we taught them with all the stores that the park land space was secondary to profits.

    The zoning was changed and the county supported making parks into businesses enterprises to save taxes. Sherman Park Kids did not get jobs as a result. Those kids that mental green space and we built prisons from the big tax savings. In the 70s the only places around the park were churches. The closest stores were on 47th and Fond du Lac at the fruit ranch or at Kohls on 48th & Burleigh. Neither of those stores carried soda or many snacks. No vendors were allowed to sell anything in the parks at that time, all concessions were run by the county and they employed local youth. There wasn’t even a soda machine at the Sherman Park pool.

    The point of the efforts to preserve Sherman Park in the 70s was about creating a space kids didn’t have to compete in. They could be poor kids that for a minute could dream. Originally Sherman Park was not going to retain its old ways neighborhood name. The iconic posters of the city neighborhoods had the final say on that. Sherman Park was suppose to be renamed the Park of Peace.

    Sherman Park should be turned over the city and taken out of the county control. Urban planning needs to revisit zoning changes.

    • confused

      Maggies, so if the station wasn’t built there’d be those complaining THEY don’t want anyone to build in this place. THEY want us to walk. We don’t have cars,how are we supposed to carry our picnic supplies, THEY don’t care how hard it is. I’m not sure what your comment has to do with jobs being burned to the ground. Are you saying it got burned down because it never should have been there? It got burned down because a couple months ago an employee was scared and defended it when the little thugs wouldn’t listen? It got burned down because it was convenient if you forgot something for your picnic or ran out of milk at midnight? Well the station is gone, along with some other places of employment. Good working people are out of jobs now. Don’t be surprised if the bus refuses to stop now that the shelters have been busted up. It will be an isolated lovely green space for you. No one in their right mind or without deep pockets could afford to build there. The insurance is going to be astronomical. Thank the Lord Almighty no one was killed in these senseless fires. How about instead of complaining about a gas station, you complain about the heart of the problem. Gangs, wanna-be-gangs, lazy people who refuse to work, drug dealers, drug users, underage drunks,lack of respect to authority, respect in general, I could go on and on.

    • Had ENOUGH!

      what we need is to start holding people accountable for this crap! We need a mayor who’s going to do more than press conferences and prayer vigils! We need a legal system that’s tough on crime! We need a school system that works! We need stop and frisk until these animals know how to behave!

      STOP VOTING FOR BARRETT! Jesus!

      • mike

        I am just wondering how many of your constitutional right you are willing to give up for what you want to happen does?

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