MILWAUKEE -- A homicide investigation began near 65th and Congress Tuesday night, March 12. Police said a 27-year-old man was shot and killed when he broke into a home and was caught stealing items. The man that shot him was nowhere to be found as of Wednesday evening.
The victim's older brother said he couldn't save his younger brother from a life on the streets. He said he received information letting him know his brother was not stealing. He said he wants justice.
"My grand-baby noticed there's flashing lights, because we saw from the window," said Beatrice Powe, neighbor.
A swarm of first responders arrived at the scene around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday.
"That is kind of scary, because it is one block away from us," said Powe.
Milwaukee police said it appeared the victim of the shooting broke into a home. They said he was allegedly stealing items when a resident saw him and shot him. The resident then fled the scene.
"My brother did not home-invade or break into no house," said Dejuan Rainey.
Rainey said the shooting victim was his younger brother, who he identified as 27-year-old Tracy Smith Jr.
"That's my brother. It hurt me to say he was in the streets, but he was in the streets. As much as I love him, I couldn't pull him from the streets," said Rainey.
Rainey told FOX6 News what witnesses told him.
"My brother was set up and he was murdered in a lovers' quarrel," Rainey said.
Rainey said he believes that's why the suspect fled.
"You don't leave if you ain't guilty," said Rainey.
As far as the items police said were taken, Rainey said his brother placed a television from the home in his vehicle, and he believes the TV belonged to his brother in the first place.
"I just want to see justice the right way. The right way, not the lazy way. The right way," Rainey said.
Milwaukee police said Wednesday they were still searching for the known suspect. They also said they had evidence of a forced entry, but said this was an active and ongoing investigation.