Police: Shooting victim rushed to hospital from Sherman & Burleigh; officer hurt; car engulfed in flames

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MILWAUKEE -- A FOX6 News crew was on scene at Milwaukee Police Department District 7 Sunday night, August 14th after a group confronted police at that location. Officers were in riot gear. As of about midnight, the National Guard had NOT been deployed on the streets of Milwaukee. The second straight night of violent protests appeared to be winding down by about 2:00 a.m.

From District 7, the group moved to the area near Sherman and Burleigh. As of 10:50 p.m., Milwaukee police said officers were moving in to disburse the crowd after people began throwing objects and firing shots.

One shooting victim was rushed to the hospital from the scene just after 11:00 p.m.

Police say an 18-year-old man was shot and suffered a serious injury. He was taken by armored vehicle to a hospital. It happened around 11:00 p.m.

MPD is investigating.

Additionally, early Monday, police said an officer was taken to the hospital after a rock thrown near Sherman & Burleigh broke a squad car's windshield.


As of 11:30 p.m., police were moving in near 48th and Center -- in an effort to disperse a small disorderly crowd.

Just after 11:30 p.m., police said there was a report of shots fired near 44th and Chambers.

Just before 1:00 a.m., Milwaukee police reported a car fire at 45th and Hadley. Officials with the Milwaukee Fire Department and Milwaukee police were en route.

Vehicle engulfed in flames near 45th and Hadley early Monday morning

Vehicle engulfed in flames near 45th and Hadley early Monday morning


Sunday marked the second straight night of violent protests after the shooting of 23-year-old Slyville Smith near 44th and Auer Saturday afternoon.

The death Smith triggered unrest beginning Saturday as protesters torched six businesses, including a gas station, and threw rocks at officers. Four officers were injured and 17 people were arrested, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said on Sunday.

Sylville Smith

Sylville Smith

The turbulent weekend prompted Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to declare a state of emergency on Sunday.

Earlier that evening residents had gathered to mourn Smith as his family and friends held a candlelight vigil at the site of Saturday's shooting in a residential area of North Milwaukee. At one point, the crowd chanted "ready for war," followed by a a chant of "peace, peace, peace."

Smith's sister, Sherelle Smith, condemned violence carried out in her brother's name, saying the community needs those businesses.

"Don't bring that violence here," Neal said, sobbing as she lamented that she would never be able to again hug her brother.

Vigil near Sherman & Burleigh Sunday, August 14th

Residents also came into the streets with trash bags, brooms and shovels to sweep up the debris from burnt down businesses.

Tensions on Sunday gave way to prayers as activists gathered to call for peace.

A group of about 100 gathered at the park near a BP gas station that was burned during Saturday's protests. Crowds ebbed and flowed at the station throughout Sunday; as night fell, community and church leaders led a prayer circle and spoke of a community that needs healing from ongoing "racism, injustices and oppression."

What happened in the shooting

The incident near 44th and Auer Saturday began when a pair of police officers stopped Smith and another person in a car on Saturday about 3:30 p.m., police said. The men fled the car and the officers followed, shooting Smith in the arm and chest when he failed to put his gun down, Barrett said.

The handgun, along with 500 rounds of ammunition, were stolen during a burglary in nearby Waukesha in March, police said.

Officer-involved shooting near 44th & Auer

Officer-involved shooting near 44th & Auer

Police body camera footage showed Smith holding a handgun during the encounter, Barrett said at a Sunday news conference. Police said the officer shot Smith after he failed to comply with orders to put his gun down. His gun was loaded with 23 rounds, more than the officer was carrying.

Smith died at the scene, and the officer who fired the fatal shots was not injured. The unidentifed officer is 24 years old and has six years of service with the Milwaukee Police Department -- three as an officer. He will be placed on administrative duty during an investigation.


The shooting occurred near the location of an August 9 double homicide in which a man was shot dead and another was fatally stabbed, police said.

Smith's sister, Kimberly Neal, remembered a brother who "kept it real," a high school graduate who played basketball, a contrast to "the man with a lengthy arrest record" described by police.

"He should have been tased, if anything," she said. "We want everybody to feel our pain."

Although the National Guard was activated in response to the unrest, it will not be deployed unless authorized by Milwaukee police chief Edward Flynn, Barrett said. By state law, the Wisconsin Department of Justice will lead the investigation.

'Racial problems' in Milwaukee

City Alderman Khalif Rainey said the area has been a "powder keg" for potential violence throughout the summer.

"What happened tonight may not have been right and I am not justifying that but no one can deny the fact that there are problems, racial problems in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, that need to be rectified," Rainey said. "This community of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has become the worst place to live for African-Americans in the entire country."

Rainey said Saturday's violence was a byproduct of inequities, injustice, unemployment and under-education.

"Something has to be done to address these issues," he said. "The black people of Milwaukee are tired; they are tired of living under this oppression, this is their life."

Milwaukee mayor on Sunday said that the damage from Saturday's unrest was "unlike anything I've seen," he said. "I hope I never see it again." "A young man lost his life yesterday afternoon. And, no matter what the circumstances, his family must be hurting."

What remains after unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

What remains after unrest near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

Cleanup at O'Reilly store near Fond du Lac and Burleigh

Cleanup at O'Reilly store near Fond du Lac and Burleigh

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Scene near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

Scene near Sherman & Auer in Milwaukee

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


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