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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
The incident led to protests and a call to boycott the gas station.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Local officials plan to meet with church and community leaders Sunday to discuss ways to move forward.
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