“People were distressed about it:” Police seek suspect(s) after 1 killed, 1 hurt in shooting at 27th & Locust

MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee police are looking for the suspect or suspects responsible for a double shooting that left one man dead and another injured.

It happened around 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, September 7th near 27th and Locust.

Police say 24-year-old Edward Lawson died at the hospital from injuries suffered in the shooting.

A 34-year-old man was hurt in the shooting.

Police say the circumstances surrounding this shooting are under investigation. Meanwhile, neighbors said shootings have become a routine occurrence along 27th Street.

Double shooting/homicide at 27th and Locust

Double shooting/homicide at 27th and Locust

"It's disheartening that it is being allowed to continue to happen. That's what's disheartening," Annette McKnight said.

FOX6 News caught up with some painting a mural on the Wisconsin Black Historical Society's building near the shooting scene on Thursday.

"The idea is to encourage a positive feeling among African people who run up and down this street every day," Clayborn Benson, the executive director of the Wisconsin Black Historical Society said.

Double shooting/homicide at 27th and Locust

Double shooting/homicide at 27th and Locust

Clayborn Benson

Clayborn Benson

Benson said that hope is desperately needed after the shooting nearby Wednesday.

"People were distressed about it. You could hear the echoes of it all day long," Benson said.

McKnight said the violence continues because of a lack of opportunities in the neighborhood.

Wisconsin Black Historical Society

Wisconsin Black Historical Society

"We're tired of everything being developed around us," McKnight said.

"If you don't want shootings, if you don't want violence, gimme a job. That`s going to make the difference," Benson said.

mural

A preliminary investigation has revealed one of the victims may have been shot while inside a vehicle in the area.

The investigation is ongoing.

8 comments

  • Don Keedix

    The best indicator of what a person will do in the future, is to look at what they have done in the past. So looking at the victim’s past, I see convictions for drugs and guns on CCAP. I’m willing to go out on a limb here and guess the victim wasn’t out on the street filling out job applications. It’s probably safe to say the same of the person that committed this murder. Does anyone really doubt that this most likely was drug related and not the result of not having a job?

  • Jessica

    “McKnight said the violence continues because of a lack of opportunities in the neighborhood.” Here is a suggestion. Look for a job outside of your neighborhood. I don’t work in the neighborhood where I live. So should I complain about it and use it as an excuse for crime?

  • Fight For $15

    The best indicator of what a person will do in the future is to look at what they have done in the past. By looking at CCAP I can see Edward Lawson has been convicted of multiple gun and drug offenses. Does anyone really believe he was out there filling out job applications? And this wouldn’t have happened if he was making $15 an hour working at Burger King?

  • sandy

    Any person of any color knows better than to bring or start a business in that area because the young people will rob and steal them blind. Good luck with that.

  • Who cares

    Last I remember, I drive 35 minutes to work, for a pretty decent paying job. So people….stop making pathetic excuses for your lazy @ss3s that just want to sit on damn porch and drink natty ice or mke beast and Hennessy, trying to make easy money by selling dope and robbing ppl. The north side is not a “community”, it’s a war zone.

  • confused

    “If you don’t want shootings, if you don’t want violence, gimme a job. That`s going to make the difference,” Benson said. Really? gimme a job or i gonna cap you. How about stay in school. LISTEN at school and get good grades. Do not drink alcohol. Do not use drugs-including weed. Do not have sex unless you yourself are going to be paying for that baby. Do not commit crimes of any kind. When you do get a job, show up, every time you are scheduled-CLEAN and SOBER. Finish your shift. You may have to commute for an hour EACH way. LOTS of people do this. They go on their own, car pool, ride share, bus, etc. NO ONE is going to come to YOU pay you $20 an hour to sit on your butt and watch tv or play video games. If you want something BE something. So sick of this “lack of jobs and opportunities” . Sooooo much $, time, effort has been poured into these communities thru taxes, private funding, donations. Call your Mayor. Tell him stop the trolley and dump THAT $ into just your neighborhood. You keep electing officials, who are soft on crime and ready with the handouts. No WONDER people don’t want to work when you can drop out, commit crimes and get free housing, food, medical care, etc.

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