Police: ‘Several’ subjects in custody after brothers shot, killed near 6th and Center

MILWAUKEE -- Police said they have "several" subjects in custody in connection with the fatal shooting of two brothers near 6th and Center in Milwaukee on Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 15. This, as a new anti-crime initiative begins in the city that has seen 14 murders in 15 days.

Kevin Belcher

"I just wish it stops," said Kevin Belcher, neighbor.

The violence that leads to memorials such as the one at 6th and Center honoring Justin and Tony frustrates neighbors.

"Nobody wins. Everybody loses. If you can walk away from it, walk away from it. It's words. It's just words," said Belcher.

Words may have led to the drive-by shooting Wednesday afternoon.

"Just seeing the body bags was closure enough for me," said Macshaunya Wright, victims' sister.

Wright said her brothers Justin and Tony were gunned down after an argument with a woman shortly before 3 p.m.

"We should learn how to communicate and not always resort to guns," said Wright.

Wednesday's homicides happened amid a very violent month in Milwaukee. This incident marked the 14th murder in 15 days.

"I just spoke to Chief Morales this morning and obviously in the wake of what's occurred the past two weeks, he is working very, very proactively with our partners, the FBI, the ATF to make sure we are having a concerted, proactive, location-based approach to what we've seen the last couple weeks," said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

Acting Milwaukee County Sheriff Richard Schmidt

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett

Mayor Barrett said law enforcement Thursday began a focused enforcement and joint effort in high-crime neighborhoods. Last week, Acting Sheriff Richard Schmidt announced those with outstanding warrants could be targeted as he indicated he'd be placing 10 tactical deputies in high-crime neighborhoods.

As for the brothers gunned down near 6th and Center...

"At the end of the day, a mother, my condolences go out to the mother who has to bury her two sons, two young souls lost," said Belcher.

Macshaunya Wright

Wright said there are 11 kids in her family.

Police are still looking for witnesses to this double fatal shooting. Wright said she heard there were words exchanged between a woman and the brothers, and the woman called friends -- and the shooting happened.

The investigation is ongoing.