MILWAUKEE -- Just about a month after getting out of prison, a Milwaukee man has been arrested for a homicide. He's accused of pulling the trigger in a shooting that left one man dead and two children injured.
William Burks, 19, of Milwaukee faces one count of first degree reckless homicide, as party to a crime, use of a dangerous weapon, habitual criminality repeater, two counts of first degree reckless injury, as party to a crime, habitual criminality repeater, use of a dangerous weapon and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon, habitual criminality repeater, mandatory minimum — repeat firearm crimes. Police said Burks was arrested on Aug. 23.
"I heard about nine shots," said Ashley Higgins Jr.
The triple shooting happened on Aug. 12 -- one of 19 homicides in August in Milwaukee.
"The older man was laying face down on the ground. The little boy, he was up, with multiple shots. His eyes was rolling to the back of his head, so I started talking to him to try to keep him with us," said Ashley Higgins Jr.
Eric Williams, 28, was killed. His 4-year-old son and a 14-year-old boy were injured.
Investigators say the shooting happened while the three were walking near 10th and Burleigh.
The complaint says seven fired 9mm Luger casings were found in the street, along with five fired Tulammo casings, which indicated two shooters.
The 14-year-old told investigators he decided to go to the store on 12th and Burleigh with Williams, who was a friend of his, and Williams’ two children, the 4-year-old and an infant. He said they were walking toward the store when a white, two-door, Pontiac G6 pulled over near an alley, and a male, black, exited the driver’s side, while another male, black, exited the passenger side. He said he heard both yell something, but couldn’t hear what they said. He said both suspects immediately fired shots toward his group. He said Williams then fell to the ground.
State inmate records show Burks had been released from jail about a month prior to the shooting. He was previously convicted of attempted robbery. In that case, investigators say Burks tried robbing a man while he played Pokemon Go.
According to a criminal complaint, the suspect said "give me all you got." The victim eventually shot at his attacker, wounding him.
Burks had been locked up for nearly two years. In July, he was released on extended supervision.
Now, he could face a lifetime behind bars.