First homicide of 2017: Man pronounced dead at the scene after shooting during altercation at bar

MILWAUKEE -- The first homicide in 2017 in Milwaukee happened about five hours into the new year. It happened at Dee's Elegance Bar & Grill near Fond du Lac and Villard on Sunday, January 1st.

Police said around 5:00 a.m., a 37-year-old man was shot inside the club after an altercation with at least two people. Those two fled after the shooting.

The victim died on scene, despite life-saving efforts of first responders.

Fatal shooting at Dee's Elegance Bar & Grill near Fond du Lac and Villard

Fatal shooting at Dee's Elegance Bar & Grill near Fond du Lac and Villard

You can imagine how terrifying it must have been for those celebrating New Year's Eve in the bar, but in the midst of fear, one man stopped to help -- and he was hurt in the process.

Eugene Dixon

Eugene Dixon

"It plays over and over and over in your mind," Eugene Dixon said.

On busy nights, Dixon helps with security at Dee's Elegance Bar & Grill.

"I got up there to help them out. They`re my friends," Dixon said.

But at the bar early Sunday, a typical New Year's Eve celebration turned tragic.

"People were on the floor. Everybody scattered around trying to get to safety," Dixon said.

Fatal shooting at Dee's Elegance Bar & Grill near Fond du Lac and Villard

Fatal shooting at Dee's Elegance Bar & Grill near Fond du Lac and Villard

Dixon said about 40 people were inside when he heard three gunshots.

"So it was just a natural instinct to make sure we could get enough people to safety as we possibly could," Dixon said.

Eugene Dixon

Eugene Dixon

As he worked to get people out the front door, he was hurt.

"I got my knee jammed on the door trying to make sure I got everybody out the door to safety," Dixon said.

What happened after that, Dixon said he can't shake. He went back inside and tried to help the shooting victim.

"There`s nothing I could do," Dixon said. "It's hard to close your eyes after that."

Fatal shooting at Dee's Elegance Bar & Grill near Fond du Lac and Villard

Fatal shooting at Dee's Elegance Bar & Grill near Fond du Lac and Villard

Police said the search for the suspects in this case is ongoing.

Meanwhile, Dixon said he's helped out at the club for years, and said nothing like this has ever happened there.

Fatal shooting at Dee's Elegance Bar & Grill near Fond du Lac and Villard

Fatal shooting at Dee's Elegance Bar & Grill near Fond du Lac and Villard

By FOX6's count, there were 141 homicides in Milwaukee in 2016. That compares with 145 in 2015.

Fatal shooting at Dee's Elegance Bar & Grill near Fond du Lac and Villard

Fatal shooting at Dee's Elegance Bar & Grill near Fond du Lac and Villard

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17 comments

  • Roy Williamson

    Grew up on 23rd & Fairmont Ave and spent lots of good times on Villard…. at the Villard Theater….News Pizza etc pretty sad to see what has become of my old neighborhood…. to the whole City actually

    • mark

      same here Roy. Grew up on 58th and Villard and loved our neighborhood back then (70’s). Every Saturday at the Villa theater. Drive thru every couple of months now and it just get’s sadder each time I do.

  • Truth Seeker

    What a way to go Milwaukee!!! More to go! I bet you beat Chicago! God a few months from now Milwaukee will be over 100 homicides! What a dirty shame this city has become but yes, we gotta trolley coming!!!

  • Clayton Bigsby

    Crazy fools shooting one another. Back in my yoot I woulda just whipped they *sses outside in the Parkin lot, then had em buys me another 40 ouncer back in the gin mill….

  • Huh !

    We need a higher wheel tax so gun-toting, car-jacking, drug fueled citizen can get a free ride to their crime scene safely !!!

  • Unbelievable

    The real question is: how did they get in with a gun in the first place?? Don’t they do pat downs and use the handheld metal detectors?? Had he and the other security been doing their job, this may had never happened smh rip Pat

  • liberalyingscum

    The city has become a wasteland because of high taxes, crime. Someone needs to gets some nuts and clean it up, starting with the inner city criminal element. Increase stop and frisk a hundred fold, give police indiscriminate powers to shoot on site any felons that do not comply, crime will drop by 50 percent. Build a tent camp to hold felons as not to over burden the jails. I blame all the democraps in all the major cities for this failure. Look at Chitcago run by Rommell.

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