“What happened last night was once again, insane:” Chief Flynn, Mayor Barrett enraged after children shot

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn announced during a press conference on Thursday afternoon, July 24th a 39-year-old man is in custody in connection with the shooting of two young children Wednesday night near 37th and Hadley.

The shooting happened just before 7:15 p.m. Wednesday. A homeowner's surveillance video shows four people rushing from a home following the shooting.

Chief Flynn says the 39-year-old suspect was on probation at the time of the shooting, and was just recently released from prison.

Police spent the day Thursday looking for the suspect -- and were eventually able to take him into custody in violation of probation charges.

Chief Flynn says the man was in a van with a woman and seven children between the ages of two and 11.

Chief Flynn says the man got into some sort of altercation with others in the neighborhood near 37th and Hadley, and that's when a gun battle ensued.

Some of the bullets hit the side of a home. Others, hit two young children.

Two children -- a 10-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl were struck by gunfire, and injured.

The children were transported to the hospital by their mother.

The children are said to have suffered non life-threatening injuries. They were still in the hospital Thursday.

Chief Flynn said Thursday the children's mother had just gotten custody of her children -- after losing them due to child abuse.

Chief Flynn said the city of Milwaukee's Department of Neighborhood Services went to the children's home on Thursday to check it -- and the city has decided to condemn the home, due to feces, cockroaches and bed bugs.

"Do these kids have a chance? Do kids have a chance who are put in harm's way by reckless parents?" Chief Flynn said Thursday.

Chief Flynn said the area where this shooting happened, MPD's District 7, includes over 100,000 people.

"Too many people are being shot, and far too many children are being shot. No community should tolerate that or accept that as normal," Chief Flynn said.

Chief Flynn says District 7 is just one are afflicted by high rates of crime.

"Remorseless, reckless criminals in possession of firearms shooting at each other -- and they don't care who they hit. Just because these people are scary, just because they carry guns, does not make them men. This year, MPD, in a city of 600,000, has seized 1,340 firearms from the streets of this city," Chief Flynn said.

During the press conference, Chief Flynn announced police will have a high presence in the area where this shooting occurred -- for the next four days, in an effort to help neighbors feel comfortable enjoying being outdoors on beautiful summer days -- "to give these people a taste of life in the suburbs," Chief Flynn said Thursday.

"We will do our best to recreate the environment of the suburbs -- to see people on their front porches and in their front yards. We have community partners in the faith community and on the streets of this city standing against this violence," Chief Flynn said.

On Thursday night, police said those extra patrols were already paying off. Officers in the neighborhood stopped a car for a traffic violation at 38th and Hadley. The 23-year-old driver was wanted in connection with a homicide investigation.

Police say he had two kids in the car (ages two and four) and a semi-automatic weapon, and what police say appears to be marijuana.

Mayor Barrett joined Chief Flynn in his news conference -- and spoke about the people in the neighborhood where this shooting occurred -- calling what happened Wednesday night "insane," and again asking for the assistance of Governor Scott Walker and the Legislature in getting illegal guns off the streets.

"Children in this neighborhood deserve a safe neighborhood. There are a lot of good people in this low-income neighborhood. We need to make sure people in every neighborhood in this city can play outside on a gorgeous day like today. What happened (Wednesday) night was once again, insane. Any man who gets in a vehicle with seven children and decides to get in a gun battle is a coward. This is the insanity we are dealing with -- with individuals who have access to illegal guns," Mayor Barrett said.

FOX6 News has learned the seven children in the van during the shooting on Wednesday night have been taken into custody by the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare.

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This shooting has neighbors who live in the area -- and folks throughout the city of Milwaukee and beyond saying the violence has got to stop.

One neighbor, who lives near the shooting scene at 37th and Hadley in MPD's District 7 says hearing gunshots is a common occurrence.

Booker Coleman has watched the streets near 37th and Hadley change over the years.

"I moved here in '72. It`s a whole lot different than when I moved here. This was a nice neighborhood," Coleman said.

Coleman's house has bullet holes in it.

He says he was home on Wednesday night when shots rang out. This time, two young children were sent to the hospital with gunshot wounds.

"My daughter, she says she heard, I don`t know, about seven or eight shots," Coleman said.

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and others showed up on Thursday to say enough is enough. It's a sentiment echoed by Coleman and other neighbors.

"It makes me so nervous to live in this area. My momma don`t even want to live here no more. She's been living here for like 60 years," one neighbor told FOX6 News.

Coleman says he plans to stay put -- but he says he thinks it's time for residents to step up and take back the streets.

"If you see something, they should be able to call the police and report it," Coleman said.

25 comments

  • Hooptie Pete

    It will end when hell freezes over or when the black community holds itself accountability for its own actions. When the district attorney does the same . So basically when hell freezes over.

  • Dirk

    I have to agree with Hooptie Black leaders have to step up if they want the violence to to slow down because let’s face it it will never end

  • Mr. Scooba Stevo

    WHAT?!?! Another shooting?!?!? ALREADY!?!? …. not surprising, reporting from the North side of Milwaukee. Tomorrow will be another. Who is going down next? Clean up those streets by shooting each other –you bad guys. SUCH ROLE MODELS.

  • I'm Awesome

    Something has to be done. News conferences do nothing to help. I agree with Hooptie. The black leaders of Milwaukee need to stand up and demand better!

  • triplea

    Can that which is in fruition still be considered a conspiracy? “Don’t forget you must pitch the old black male vs. the young black male and the young black male against the old black male. You must use the dark skin slaves vs. the light skinned slaves and the light skinned slaves against the dark skinned slaves. You must use the female vs. the male and the male vs. the female. You must also have all your white servants and overseers Distrust all blacks, but it is necessary that your slaves depend on us. They must love, respect and trust only us. The black slave after receiving this indoctrination shall carry on and will become self fueling and self generating for hundreds of years, maybe thousands.” (William Lynch, 1712, James River). Now that the African here has been trained to be destructively self generating slaves to your will you point the finger, that is why you should be careful what you ask for.

  • triplea

    Black leaders? There are no significant “Black” leaders. Who, pool pit pimps, European imposed fakes like messy jesse Jackson and al the loud mouthed perm Sharpton. Who TD Snakes, oops I mean jakes, Creflo making dollars, what black leaders. What is needed for the African community has long been sitting in its lap, but has been avoided out of sheer ignorance. The real leaders, Garvey, X, Elijah, attempted to teach these misled peoples, but they were trained to reject those solutions that would have greatly changed their condition. Taught to be individualistic, self serving, narcissistic, and any other despicable adjective one could fathom to describe this taught lowly state. No need to criticize the product of your labor euros, ask yourselves what is it about our nature that when other come into close quarters with us they become equally sick. It will only be getting worse, enjoy. Because you do not like the truth doesn’t mean you should tell on me for disseminating it. LOL

  • Max

    That is utterly false. To say black people don’t care couldn’t be farther from the truth. I suggest you sit on a forum or talk with positive black people who are actually role models.

    Keep your non-factual opinions to yourself.

    • sam

      Find a role model in the ghetto. The black comunity only comes together when they see a race issue in a situation. We have ghetto thugs shooting at each other everyday. Where r the black leaders and role models, how hnows……

      • kev

        Be more specific. Say we need GOOD role models. These kids have role models but they aren’t good ones. The black leaders can only do so much. Too many people follow that stupid jail mentality of “snitches get stitches”. Look Police are information driven. If you don’t give them info…they are severely limited in what they can do. Fathers..Dads… come forth and be the true leaders of our community. Love, respect and lead your children the way God intended and you will see the change in our communities that we have been asking for

  • triplea

    Jesus? slavery in the name of jesus, Spanish inquisition in the name of jesus, European witch hunts in the name of jesus, slaughtering of natives in the name of jesus, protestant folk running from home in the name of jesus, alter boys being pillaged in the name of jesus. are you seeing the trend. Why would any one want more of what is at the origin of all the hell being raised. Besides if you want to believe in miracles who had the most miraculous birth according to the overly amended bible, adam or jesus? Its called Mythology. Contradictions, Graf-Wellhausen Hypothesis may help inform the ignorant. If the foundation of your so-called solution is shaky, the Pentateuch, how can the rest of the house of lies be valid. LOL

  • Max

    Nobody seems to talk about the crime in the suburbs, rural areas. The high use of heroin and MDMA. I guess that’s a non issue and only black people have issues. Let the news, especially FOX 6, continue to present that Milwaukee does nothing but commit crime.

    They don’t mention all the positives that are being done. I wonder why? The group of boys being mentored by doctors, lawyers, bankers.

    The blood drives, neighborhood cleanups, forums of educated black people.

    Yea, only shootings happen. Live in your fairytale worlds and comment from the safety of your computer/mobile device. Most of you wouldn’t last a day yet alone, be able to see what it’s like to not HAVE!

    • s. vail

      Please. I lived there my entire life (up until 2 years ago) and I’ll be 46. If they don’t report it then it would seem like it doesn’t matter. It does matter. Milwaukee isn’t any different than other large cities. Crime will go up when people ignore it and do nothing. Yes, there are positives about Milwaukee, but how many news channels ever report the good? Seems folks WANT to see a train wreck. The stations will report what gets them viewers and makes them money. The black community needs to take back it’s streets, the mayor ought to just shut his do nothing pie hole (vote him out!), and we need to have much stiffer sentences for any crimes committed with guns.

  • Karon

    Its not the guns that need to be off the streets it’s the thugs, criminals-people who are using the guns illegally need to be off the streets. Oh-but the prisons are full-who will pay? Well, I’d rather pay for a new prison then the subsidized housing, and failing social experiment programs, etc that the thugs are getting. Best of both worlds-basics taken care of so why work? Why go to school?You can just go shoot up someone who looked at you funny, dissed you, walked on the wrong side of the street, whatever you decided ticked you off at that moment. By the way, thugs come in all colors, shapes, sizes and sexes. To me a thugs a thug. Race doesn’t enter into it at all.

  • karen

    Why did c.p.s give those kids back to their mother?And did c.p.s. ever checked the roach and bed bug infected house? No iI’m sure they didn’t. If it was that dirty why give those kids back.. I hope she never gets them back now.

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