MILWAUKEE -- It was a familiar call in the City of Milwaukee overnight Thursday night, August 17th and early Friday morning, August 18th. At least four people were shot. Fortunately, no one fatally at this time. As Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett works on the city's next budget, he's keeping police and fire departments at top of mind.
The first shooting happened around 9:00 p.m. near 10th and Capitol. According to police, a 20-year-old man was shot during an apparent robbery. The victim suffered a serious injury and is in critical condition.
The second shooting happened at 58th and Vienna around 11:20 p.m. A 25-year-old man was shot and is expected to survive. Police say the shooting appears to be related to another one at Glendale and Appleton, where a 47-year-old man was shot. He's also expected to survive.
Then, a fourth shooting occurred at 89th and Douglas. A 44-year-old man was shot inside a house, was seriously injured but will survive.
"We want to make sure we have an adequate police presence out there," said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.
Mayor Barrett finished his 100 mile walk through the city's neighborhoods, with community groups. Friday, she shared his walk with guest and its volunteers, workers and clients promoting health and unity. The mayor says as he works on the 2018 city budget next week, his proposal to increase the city's sales tax by .5 percent is needed.
"I don't want to have fewer police officers next year, but in order for us to avoid that we're going to have to have a sales tax, we're going to really gear towards public safety and crime prevention. It has to be both," Barrett said.
Thursday, August 17th Milwaukee Alderman Mark Borkoski disagreed with the mayor's method.
"I think it's very insulting for the mayor to say that the first thing that's going to get cut is our police force. First priority should be public safety in this community because without public safety we have nothing," said Borkoski.
The mayor's proposal would bring in $35 million a year, and would need approval from the state legislature and governor.
If the sales tax increase for Milwaukee goes through -- that's a big if -- it would take affect in October of 2018.
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