MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- It was a very violent Easter weekend in Milwaukee -- with seven shootings occurring this weekend -- five of them within a two-hour period on Saturday, April 4th. Things didn't seem to slow down as the work week began. Early Monday morning, April 6th, police were on the scene of a homicide. This, as Milwaukee alderman is working to turn troublemakers into peacemakers.
Shortly after 1:00 a.m. Monday, police were called out to the 2300 block of N. Buffum Street. They say a 26-year-old Milwaukee man was shot while inside a vehicle. He was taken to the hospital, where he later died. The victim has been identified as Courtney Franklin.
There is seemingly no easy answer to the problem of violence in Milwaukee, and city leaders expected it would get worse as the weather gets warmer. City leaders are working to prepare programs aimed at combating the violence.
A breakdown of the shooting incidents that occurred this weekend is as follows:
- 5200 block of N. Green Bay Road: 22-year-old Milwaukee man shot as an argument occurred during a basketball game. The shooter fled the scene. The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office is investigating this incident, and is looking for a yellow Ford Mustang that fled the scene.
- 4000 block of N. 27th Street: 30-year-old Milwaukee man shot while in a vehicle pulling out of a gas station. Police say the driver of the victim's vehicle yelled at the driver of another vehicle that was nearly struck. That driver pulled out a gun and fired one round into the victim's vehicle. The suspect vehicle fled the scene.
- 7200 block of N. Teutonia Avenue: 32-year-old Milwaukee man shot during a funeral when two members of the same family began to argue. The victim was shot as he started to drive away. The shooter was arrested by the Brown Deer Police Department.
- 3700 block of N. 23rd Street: 19-year-old Milwaukee man shot by occupants of a vehicle that passed him as he was walking down the street.
- 1000 N. Old World Third Street: 44-year-old Milwaukee man shot while working security at Notte Nite Lounge after confronting a group of males he had denied entry to in an alley just south of the club. Police arrested a 23-year-old man after a short foot pursuit.
- 5200 block of W. Hampton Avenue: Two people killed and a third wounded in a shooting outside Comments Bar. Police say the gunfire erupted at bar closing. Two people apparently bumped into each other -- which prompted an argument. Both individuals then went to their cars, retrieved firearms, met in front of the bar and continued to argue. At one point, they both drew their weapons and shot each other. Both died on scene from their injuries. The victims have been identified as 24-year-old Aaron Harmon and 33-year-old Jeremy Green.
- 104th and Kiehnau: 27-year-old Matthew Andler of Elkhorn shot and killed after police say the victim showed up to purchase drugs and was then shot by the drug dealer during the transaction. Police arrested a 17-year-old boy and a 27-year-old man, and recovered a firearm.
FOX6 News has learned the shooting that occurred near 27th and Capitol, involving a 30-year-old Milwaukee man who was shot while in a vehicle pulling out of a gas station -- and the shooting on N. Teutonia Saturday, involving a 32-year-old Milwaukee man shot during a funeral involved the same suspect.
"It's time to wake up," Milwaukee Alderman Ashanti Hamilton said.
Many of the shootings that have occurred in recent days have happened in Alderman Hamilton's district.
"May is supposed to be Violence Prevention Month. Across City Hall, at the Mayor's Office , many community partners throughout the city -- we've come together," Alderman Hamilton said.
Hamilton says there are plans for police and community leaders to meet with those who may be the ones responsible for bringing guns and violence to the streets of Milwaukee -- to open up a dialogue. Former gang leaders and former convicts are helping in this effort.
"Getting folks who may be carrying those weapons, the ones that may be purchasing them for other folks, the ones that may have people living in their houses that may have access to those weapons participating in this discussion about -- how is it that we can get them to understand that the person they may be saving is themselves? I don't think we can police our way out of this," Alderman Hamilton said.