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Armed robbery attempt on Milwaukee’s south side leads to robber being shot

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Milwaukee police say a suspect, about to commit a crime, was shot and killed by one of his intended victims. It happened early Monday morning, September 1st near 2nd and National.

"I looked out my window, and my building was surrounded by police. When I went to the rooftop, I could see a -- you know, the coroner had the body covered over in the corner of the parking lot," Joshua Ebert said.

Police say around 5:30 a.m., four suspects were attempting to rob a group of victims when one of the victims pulled out a handgun and shot one of the suspects. The suspect who was shot died at the scene -- and the three other suspects fled.

Milwaukee police believe these suspects may be responsible for several recent robberies.

Several arrests have since been made.

"Nothing like that has really happened around here since I've lived here. I mean, little crimes her and there -- but nothing like that," Ebert said.

Jay Purdy works near where the incident happened. He says what happened doesn't alter the way he feels about what he calls a growing, thriving portion of the city's Fifth Ward.

"It's a good neighborhood. I've never seen anything bad happen down here.  I like bringing my kids down here and I feel safe," Purdy said.

"It could happen anywhere. I wouldn`t just say it was particular to this area. There`s a lot of new businesses that are coming around and, I mean, you see a lot of faces young and old, so I would never never think that a fatal shooting would happen here," Ebert said.

Monitor FOX6 News and FOX6Now.com for updates on this developing story.

60 comments

  • Dave Verbanac

    While I’m happy that a criminal has been permanently stopped, PLEASE refrain from turning this site into an area to advertise your husband’s business!! That’s what Craigslist is for!!

  • Dirk

    Yes bad guy had it coming, I’m not sad. Hopefully there is a lesson here for the bad guys but I doubt it their not the brightest people

  • devin

    There is Nothing to celebrate here! It’s a sad situation for both parties. I hope I’m never put in a dilemma where I must choose to either to give up my life or take someone else’s. Have an ounce of respect for the family of the deceased. They didn’t make his poor decision but they are left to deal with a tragedy.

  • Fave

    Devin – even you make assumptions. I agree loss of life is sad. We don’t know how the kid was raised. We don’t know the parents taught him well or not. Fact is, kid is dead and though sad, better the bad guy than the non – bad guy.

  • Reagan 84

    Good riddance to the POS criminal. Less burden on my taxes. Glad no law abiding person was harmed. Maybe if the POS (and his friends) got an education and a job, all 4 would be alive. I have no sympathy for violent criminals. They CHOOSE that life.

  • soulobigdaddy

    Did I miss a part in the story that said the guy who shot was a permit holder? For all any of you know, the guy could have been a criminal himself…wow

  • CapnCruck

    who cares, just another worthless criminal on the street, hopefully milwaukee will start to follow chicagos lead and the mongrels will start wasting each other in droves every night

    • wakeupamerica

      Since they didnt mention the race of the criminal or the would be victim. I’m going to assume the criminal was a low life black mongrel. And the up standing citizen would be victim was white. I come to this conclusion because the mainstream mongrel loving media didnt report it. Why? Because one it goes against their anti gun agenda. And two it paints a bad picture of mongrel . .. blacks. Because in their eyes only whites commit crimes against mongrels.

  • sj

    Good or bad guy a human being has lost their life. A 13yr old kid that made a bad decision by turning to crime to survive in this ignorant world of hate. You ppl saying “good riddens” or some other snide secretly racist comment will rot in the depths of hell. Then you can see those you condemn and hate so much for eternity. I dont condone crime but this situation was unfortunate. We have a judicial system set up to punish criminals, yes those robbed could have easily been the victims which would have also been unfortunate but Marshall law and racism isn’t the answer.

    • M

      Since neither the video nor the article suggested or hinted at race either of the would be robber or the armed would be victim I can only assume that you have decided that race was a factor, to do so is itself, racist. Yes, a would be robber has been sent to the hereafter, this was as a direct result of his own action, he attempted to rob someone with deadly force and was killed as a direct result, his own choice led to his demise. This is simply cause and effect.

      • sj

        That is true but check the comments looks like his race has already been determined by the public jury. I do know the criminal was a 13yr old black male. Most comments made are extremely racist so tell that to someone else.

    • M

      No, the only racists I see here are you and Q, no-one else has involved the race card, There is no mention of race within the story, either for the would be robber or the potential victims. You are so quick to see a potential to wave the ‘race’ card around you give no thought to the facts. The only card here is that a would be robber ended his life based upon the decision HE made to try to deprive an armed individual of his property by committing a felony. The repercussions of which have saved the tax payers the cost of a trial and incarceration. Also possibly saved the lives of others.

      • sj

        Q was not the only racist comment. There are plenty. I’m sick of the superiority complex. Makes it look bad on an entire race just like the thugs make blacks look bad

    • M

      At this time there are 37 comments on this story, I have read all of them, please highlight 3 instances OTHER Than you or Q where racism has been involved, SPECIFICALLY Race, (Oh, and ‘Ghetto Trash’ refers to a socio-economic grouping not a racially selective grouping) As for the superiority complex, would that be the one where law abiding citizens lack sympathy for a would be felon attacking a citizen with the intent to deprive them of goods / cause them harm? Sorry, I won’t feel sorry for a circumstance where someone avoids being a victim.

      • sj

        No I was being sarcastic about whites just how every comment is indirectly speaking about ppl of color or black ppl. Dont try to defend it.

    • M

      “SJ
      No I was being sarcastic about whites just how every comment is indirectly speaking about ppl of color or black ppl. Dont try to defend it.”

      There is nothing to defend, you are ‘seeing’ things that do not exist, this is called being delusional or paranoid. Look for example at my posts on here, I post using the letter ‘M’ as a name, I have no profile picture, you do not know my socio-economic background, you do not know my country of origin, religion, anything about me yet you make assumptions based on your delusions. You make claims, I ask for proof, you then make wilder claims. This is not the path of rational discourse.

      • sj

        “I hope Milwaukee follows suit with Chicago and kill each other off in droves”, speaking of the hundreds of BLACK kids that are killing each other in Chicago….racist. “Will there be a riot”, speaking of the response of the slaying of Michael Brown BLACK teen in St Louis…again racist. So me delusional nah, I read with great understanding and I can put two and two together

    • M

      ““I hope Milwaukee follows suit with Chicago and kill each other off in droves”, speaking of the hundreds of BLACK kids that are killing each other in Chicago….racist.”

      How is Black kids killing Black kids racist? Racism is prejudice or persecution based on race, I think you need to visit dictionary.com

      “Will there be a riot”, speaking of the response of the slaying of Michael Brown BLACK teen in St Louis…again racist.”

      The outrage against the police for the death, combined with the lack of forthcoming information from the police led to the riots, but I would like to know what led to the looting? because, you know, nothing shows solidarity in the search for justice like stealing from a business…

      ” So me delusional nah, I read with great understanding and I can put two and two together”

      Shame you keep getting 5. Seriously, you may want to check the last time you took your medication. You don’t even know anything about the person posting the initial comment INCLUDING Race. YOU are the one making assumptions and being Racist.

      • sj

        M please read with understanding. I never said blacks killing blacks is racist or prejudice. I said the comparison of Chicago black on black crime to Milwaukee and wanting Milwaukee to commit genocide at the rate Chicago does is racist. So you wrote that long drawn out explanation for nothing. Either way the comment was racist and so was the riot one. Everyone know black ppl dont riot and loot when its black on black so that comment was insinuating that the shooter was white and the robber was black. I mean what world are you living in? I truly see now how off your thinking is. You created this reality, this bubble and its definitely not real reality.

    • M

      “M please read with understanding. I never said blacks killing blacks is racist or prejudice. I said the comparison of Chicago black on black crime to Milwaukee and wanting Milwaukee to commit genocide at the rate Chicago does is racist.”

      Yet it is NOT racist, you do not know the motivation, race or anything about the poster, the comment could mean ‘Let the gangs wipe each other out’ – not racially motivated.

      “So you wrote that long drawn out explanation for nothing. Either way the comment was racist and so was the riot one. Everyone know black ppl dont riot and loot when its black on black so that comment was insinuating that the shooter was white and the robber was black.”

      Interesting RACIST assumption you made there? Are you saying that the riots over Michael Brown are HATE CRIMES and should therefore be treated as such by the courts? You DID say that the riots are racially motivated by black people against white people?

      ” I mean what world are you living in? I truly see now how off your thinking is. You created this reality, this bubble and its definitely not real reality.”

      I am not saying Racism doesn’t exist, I am saying that some people are so delusional and caught up in persecution complexes that they start to see anything and everything as being racism when it in fact can be them projecting their paranoia on others. Remember, the race card has 2 sides, if it can be used to persecute the prejudice against black people by white people it can also be used the other way to persecute prejudice against white people by black people.

    • SO WHAT

      TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR WHAT YOU DO. IT IS NOT SOCIETYS JOB TO SAY THIS OR THAT CAUSED THIS PERSON INTO A LIFE OF CRIME, BUT RATHER HIS CHOICE. SO HE GOT SHOT !!
      YOU MADE THE CHOICE. THE OTHER GUY HAS A RIGHT TO HIS PROPERTY.

  • Verdant

    Hey defenders of thuggery: I hate criminals of all colors. Good shot armed citizen! One less thug to plague the new Detroit (formerly known as Milwaukee). Also do you think that the left biased media would mention if the heroic citizen that took out this scumbag was a CCW licensed, law abiding person? No! it doesn’t match their skewed dialog.

    • sj

      I dont defend thuggery anymore than I defend sadistic child molesters, postpartum murdering mothers, or trigger happy good ole boys. Whose to say the citizen was free of criminal activity? I swear this land would have been better off if Europeans/Spaniards would not have been so curious. The idiots should have kept thinking the world was flat.

      • Richard

        SJ, no worries, if you want to be around only idiots that think the world is flat, or lack intelligence, just go to one of your family reunions. I’m sure there will be plenty of stupid there for you! As far as this story goes, don’t care of the color for either party. Criminal tries to commit violent felony, victim defends with violent justice! If you feel so sad for the thug, go to his funeral and lay down some flowers.

      • Joe

        Wow!…Racist much? Plus why are you assuming the victim is also a criminal?…Does that even matter here? You are one messed up person.

  • Leopold Lichtenstein IV

    This is usually vat happens ven you try to rob someone of their possessions. You will be shot on the spot. The the crime ridden fatherless children of this wonderful society should be exposed to cultural events like opera in their jail cell instead of rapper music. This usually vould calm most animals into submission.
    Vell to move on, the article here is correct. Trying to rob a good abiding citizen in the great state of Visconsin and you shall encounter the chance that the fellow citizen may have a concealed or non concealed veapon of their choice which will be forced upon you with devastating results for your future baby daddy scenarios.
    Greetings from Vaduz.

  • whocares

    I like the “new Detroit” reference. So true. Loss of jobs, horrible mayor, nothing but crime. It has become so bad and sad that I have had to make the decision to leave Milwaukee in search of work. Not to mention a better and safer place to raise my child. I just hope I don’t have to leave the state as well.

    • sj

      Cause some idiot babbled on and on clearly avoiding my points? If you agree with any of that your just as lost. Get a clue

      • M

        On the contrary I addressed all your point which highlighted your racist and stereotyping attitude, shame you are so fixated you cannot see that.

  • sj

    And Richard I’m sure you have me confused with your immediate family. Was anything I said a Lie? Vespucci proved the world was not flat again.

  • tripwirexxx

    well that turned sideways. I believe he who offers violence towards his fellow citizens begets a whole lot more than he can handle in return. MOLON LABE!

    • Jon from Milwaukee

      I believe that was originally said the same man who said “If you have no sword, sell your cloak and buy one”. Luke 22:36

  • 3%

    One indisputable fact from this story is that the neighborhood is now safer than before the armed criminal was killed.

  • kenneth

    Why are people feeling sorry for criminals that get killed committing a crime. They chose that path and got what they deserved. And for all the race hustlers, I don’t care what race he was.

  • Sailing J

    I wonder if the teens have ever played the knock out game?
    Either way, glad to see one less pos on the streets.
    Buy ammo and buy it often. And train train train!

  • Sailing J

    You can be unnerved all you want. The world is a safer place today thanks to one man’s actions. A simple thank you would’ve sufficed.

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