MILWAUKEE -- It was violent on the streets of Milwaukee late Saturday, May 27th and early Sunday, May 28th, and police are now investigating four shootings, three double shootings and two homicides, which took place within less than 24 hours. Two of these shootings involve victims that are children under the age of 10.
It all began around 3:30 a.m. Saturday, May 27th. Police said a 26-year-old Milwaukee man was shot during circumstances that remain unclear. It happened near 13th and Arthur. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries not believed to be life-threatening. MPD is now investigating a motive and searching for suspects.
Around 12:30 p.m. Saturday, a double shooting took place near 22nd and Fairmount. Police said a 30-year-old man and 38-year-old man were part of a group that began to fight, and shots were fired. Both victims were taken to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. Police said both victims were arrested for recklessly endangering safety, and felon in possession of a firearm. MPD is seeking a third suspect.
An hour later, around 1:30 p.m. Saturday, a 37-year-old Milwaukee man was shot and wounded near 29th and Vine. Police said it happened during an argument with a known male suspect. The victim was taken to the hospital -- where he later died. MPD is now searching for that known male suspect.
Police were called out to the scene of a double shooting near 67th and Keefe around 3:15 p.m. Police said two victims, a 27-year-old woman and seven-year-old girl were injured in this shooting. A preliminary investigation has revealed the 27-year-old woman was in an argument with a known male suspect when a gun discharged -- and the victims were struck. Both were taken to the hospital for treatment of their injuries -- and MPD is now seeking the known male suspect.
On Saturday night, around 8:30 p.m., police were on the scene of a shooting that left a 29-year-old man injured. It happened near 17th and Locust. Police said the victim was shot during an argument with a 33-year-old woman. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries not believed to be life-threatening. The 33-year-old suspect was arrested, and the investigation is ongoing.
Ten minutes later, police were called out to the area near 62nd and Kaul for a double shooting. Police said a fight broke out in the street, and an eight-year-old boy and 27-year-old man were shot. Both were taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries not believed to be life-threatening. MPD is searching for suspects.
At 10:00 p.m. Saturday, police were on scene near Buffum and Meinecke after a 30-year-old man was shot by a suspect in a passing vehicle. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries not believed to be life-threatening. MPD is searching for suspects.
Forty-five minutes later, police were on the scene of a homicide that happened near 54th and Chambers. Police said a 29-year-old man was shot during circumstances that remain under investigation. The victim was taken to the hospital where he died as a result of his injuries. MPD is now investigating a motive and searching for suspects.
Early on Sunday morning, May 28th, around 2:30 a.m., police were called out to the area near 35th and Burnham. Police said a 25-year-old man was shot during a fight with multiple suspects. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries not believed to be life-threatening. MPD is now searching for suspects.
Members of a group that gathered Saturday afternoon for the sixth annual "Heal the Hood" block party near 10th and Atkinson said they were stunned by the weekend violence.
"It was just an organic energy. Handing out gun locks... Bullets have no name, as we say in the streets. The irony of everything that went on (Saturday) as far as with the shootings..." Ajamou Butler said.
Butler organized Saturday's "Heal the Hood" event, and when FOX6 News spoke with him on Sunday, he said he couldn't believe the rash of violence that erupted in less than 24 hours.
"A child was struck. Even the adults stuck -- that's tragic. That's terrible," Butler said. "I hope that other parents, when they see it, they realize we have to take control of our blocks."
Another "Heal the Hood" block party is set for June 24th, and on Sunday, a community garden near 9th and Ring was being prepared to give kids something positive to do this season.
"We clean the garden beds, rid them of the weeds, turn the soil over," Butler said.
Butler said there's still time to save summer -- and lives.
"You are greater than a lifetime in prison. You are greater than the power that a gun gives you," Butler said.
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