13-year-old girl shot in neighborhood where gunfire prevalent: “I hear gunshots five to six times a week”

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MILWAUKEE -- Another young person in Milwaukee has been impacted by gunfire. Police say a 13-year-old girl was shot multiple times Friday morning, July 31st on the city's north side.

Alexia Evans

Alexia Evans

The shooting happened shortly after 2:00 a.m.

The girl suffered four gunshot wounds to her legs, and was taken to Children's Hospital for treatment.

The girl is expected to be okay -- but neighbors and the girl's family members say they're extremely upset about what has happened to her.

"I hear gunshots five to six times a week," Raida Gatlin said.

Gatlin said she heard gunshots early Friday morning coming from the end of her block near the corner of 5th and Keefe.

"I was in my room. I was laying down and I heard the shots. I was like 'whoa -- those seem very close there.' I prayed to God that nobody got shot. I step out three or four hours later, I get up and look out my window and I`m looking at all the police cars like -- 'somebody did get shot,'" Gatlin said.

The victim is 13-year-old Alexia Evans.

5th and Keefe

5th and Keefe

Evans' mother tells FOX6 News her daughter was hit four times in her legs. The family thinks this is a case of mistaken identity.

Evans is set to begin the eighth-grade in the fall. Before then, she'll undergo physical and mental recovery.

"It does something to the child`s mind, you know what I`m saying? As life goes on, it messes their life up. It can mess it up or it can better it. Let`s hope the case after this happening to that young girl at the corner, that she will better her life from this," Gatlin said.

Gatlin estimates between seven and 10 kids live on her block. She worries they, too are at risk of being exposed to more violence, or even becoming victims themselves.

"It`s just sad. It`s sad. It truly is," Gatlin said.

Police haven't taken anyone into custody in connection with this shooting.

If you have any information that could help police in this case, you're asked to give them a call.

Shooting near 5th and Keefe

Shooting near 5th and Keefe


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  • Neal

    maybe mayor Mac trolly should start drinking around 9.30 10.00 o–clock instead of a little later
    this way he would have a head start on these type of topics that loom insessantly in his rein as
    leader of a city if the thugs work from 3:30 pm to 3:30 am maybe their leader should too !,!!
    how can you lead your city when your not out there leading what you are sopossed to lead ….
    at home drunk in bed – everyone’s excuse !!


  • JM

    Obviously these kids should not be out at 2 in the morning. Yet that’s not an excuse to shoot them. In my suburb she could be out all night and wouldn’t be shot. How about the Chief in Milwaukee gets his City under control? He has excuses and no answers. It’s never been this bad.

  • JM

    Flynn will claim the problem is Governor Walkers CCW law. Just guessing the guy who shot her did not have a CCW license. Plus if Flynn enforced the laws she would have been arrested for a curfew violation. Milwaukee is unsafe, shootings, homicides, bump and run car jackings. You name it they do it. Stay out of Milwaukee.

  • Jason M.

    Chief Flynn, Assistant Chief Harpole!
    How many kids are you going to stand by and watch shot? How many 13 year olds? You stand by and put the blame on everyone but yourselves. Your in charge! What is your plan other than blaming the new CCW laws? You need to go. We need real leaders with answers not excuses. People are dying under your watch!

  • ELS

    I lived in Riverwest for many years, my kids went to UWM. But I had to move because of this very thing. I heard gunshots several times a week, one night about 10pm I was lying on my bed reading and I heard them in the alley behind my house. My garage was broken into so many times that I nailed one of the doors shut and couldn’t keep anything of any value out there. I couldn’t even have a few solar lights on my lawn, they were stolen three times and I gave up putting out nice things in my garden. That neighborhood is getting so bad, I give up my house and I moved OUT of Milwaukee. That city is falling apart and I wouldn’t move back there for anything. It’s too bad, have some good memories, but the bad ones were piling up.

  • deb

    I live on the south side of Milwaukee and I see teens outside at 2 in the morning all the time and police drive right by . When my kids were 13 they had to be in the house when the streetlights came on.no exceptions.

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