MILWAUKEE -- Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton called upon everyone to do what they can to restore calm in the neighborhoods affected by violence on Saturday evening and early Sunday, August 14th.
"Our city is in turmoil tonight," Hamilton said. "Think about the neighborhoods that these situations are happening in."
Hamilton's comments came in the wake of a fatal officer-involved shooting that happened near 44th and Auer on Saturday afternoon, August 13th -- and then the violent disturbance that led to businesses being set on fire, police squads damaged and at least one officer being hurt.
"A whole lot more is going into it to help restore the calm in these neighborhoods. But we have to do it together," Hamilton said.
Hamilton also urged the public to be patient -- and let the process of finding justice play out. He said to reporters, "We're going to push to get information to the public. But please allow the process to work."
Angry crowds took to the streets in Milwaukee on Saturday night to protest the shooting death of an armed man by a police officer hours earlier.
Protesters burned several stores, including the BP gas station at Sherman and Burleigh, Jet Beauty at 35th and Fond du Lac, the BMO Harris Bank at 36th and Fond du Lac, O'Reilly Auto Parts at Fond du Lac and Burleigh and MJM Liquor at Fond du Lac and North -- and threw rocks at police in the city's north side, leaving one officer injured. Smoke and orange flames filled the night sky.
The incident started Saturday afternoon when two officers stopped two people who were in a car in the north side, according to the Milwaukee Police Department.
Shortly after, both car occupants fled on foot as officers pursued them, police said.
During the chase, an officer shot one of the two -- a 23-year-old man who was armed with a handgun, according to authorities.
"He (officer) ordered that individual to drop his gun, the individual did not drop his gun," Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said. "He had the gun with him and the officer fired several times."
The man was shot twice, in the arm and chest, and died at the scene. It's unclear whether the second occupant of the car is in police custody.
Police said the suspect's handgun was stolen during a burglary in Waukesha in March, according to police.
"The victim of that burglary reported 500 rounds of ammunition were also stolen with the handgun," police said in a statement.
The officer, 24, was assigned to District 7 and has six years of service with the Milwaukee Police Department -- three of those as an officer.
He was not injured and will be placed on administrative duty during the investigation and subsequent review by the district attorney's office.
At the time of the shooting, he was wearing a body camera, Barrett said, adding that it was his understanding that it was operational.
By state law, the Wisconsin Department of Justice will lead the investigation.
As the chaos escalated Saturday night and early Sunday, authorities implored the crowds to disperse and go home. Some used social media to urge others to come out and take part in the protests, according to Barrett.
"If you love your son, if you love your daughter text them, call them, pull them by the ears and get them home. Get them home right now before more damage is done," the mayor said.
The mayor said police presence will be strong as part of an "all-out-effort" to restore order. At least three people have been arrested, he said.
The shooting occurred near the scene of a double homicide that happened this month. In the related attacks August 9, a man was shot dead while another one was fatally stabbed, police said.
"This is a neighborhood that has unfortunately been affected by violence in the recent past," Barrett said.
"I know this neighborhood very very well. And there are a lot of really really good people who live in this area -- in the Sherman Park area, who can't stand this violence."
At 3:20 a.m. Sunday, police tweeted that they were restoring order and "reducing deployments."
Local officials plan to meet with church and community leaders Sunday to discuss ways to move forward.