‘Um, I just massacred my whole family:’ 5 homicide charges filed in 12th and Locust shooting

Data pix.

MILWAUKEE -- Five counts of first-degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon were filed Thursday, April 30 against Christopher Stokes, along with one count of possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a felony in connection with the fatal shooting of five people near 12th Street and Locust Street Monday, April 27.

Christopher Stokes

Christopher Stokes

Prosecutors said two 911 calls came in Monday morning from Stokes, who said "Um, I just massacred my whole family. The gun is still upstairs with the bodies," and "I just killed my whole family with my Mossberg."

The two calls came in at 10:38 a.m. and 10:44 a.m., according to the criminal complaint. Prosecutors said Stokes identified himself by name, and said he was sitting outside the house on the steps. That's where officers found him when they responded. An officer asked Stokes if he heard any shots, to which he responded, "Yeah, I didn't hear them. I did them," the complaint said.

Investigators found a 12-gauge Mossberg shotgun on the floor of a bedroom in the upper unit, along with a 25-count box of shells, with 12 unfired shells remaining. Twelve spent shotgun shells were found in the house, according to prosecutors.

The 19-year-old victim, Marcus Stokes, was found in the living room. The other four were in a bedroom. All were shot multiple times, according to the criminal complaint.

Additionally, the complaint noted one of the victims, identified by her initials (LMS) suffered blunt force injuries to back of her head, resulting in skull fractures.

The complaint does not offer a motive.

The Milwaukee Police Department released the identities of the victims Tuesday. Christopher Stokes sister on Thursday offered details on how the victims were related to Stokes:

  • Teresa Thomas, 41: Mother of Christopher Stokes' child
  • Marcus Stokes, 18: Christopher Stokes' nephew
  • Lakeitha Stokes, 17: Christopher Stokes' niece
  • Tiera Agee, 16: Christopher Stokes' stepdaughter
  • Demetrius Thomas, 14: Christopher Stokes' son
Teresa Thomas, Marcus Stokes, Lakeitha Stokes, Tiera Agee, Demetrius Thomas, Christopher Stokes -- 12th and Locust shooting

Teresa Thomas, Marcus Stokes, Lakeitha Stokes, Tiera Agee, Demetrius Thomas, Christopher Stokes

Five killed in shooting near 12th and Locust

Five killed in shooting near 12th and Locust

A relative of the eldest victim, Teresa Thomas, said Thomas and Christopher Stokes had an on-again-off-again relationship.

"My sister was Teresa Thomas. My nephew was Demetrius Thomas. My niece was Tiera -- and I am distraught. I need to know what is going on. I am confused. I'm trying to figure out how you kill five people," said Teresa's brother, Johnny Hall.

Hall said his life has forever changed.

"Sometimes I think I'm dreaming," Hall said.

Hall said he had to identify his sister to authorities.

"My sister took care of everybody. Teresa Thomas took care of everybody," Hall said.

Family members shared pictures with FOX6 News -- and identified the man arrested by police as Christopher Stokes.

"Chris was part of our family," said Toni Cage, a relative of the victims.

Relatives on Tuesday said Stokes had once broken Thomas' arm. Family members feel Thomas may have wanted to leave Stokes.

"He killed his son -- his own son," said Linda Hines, a relative of the victims.

They saw Stokes as recently as last week.

"It didn't seem like he was having no problems," Hines said.

Vigil held for 5 victims gunned down in home near 12th and Locust

Family members learned the shooting inside the house started in the early hours of the morning. Thomas' 2-year-old grandchild was spared in the shooting. But they say he was found covered in blood.

"There's two families involved in this," Cage said. "These families have known each other for years. We have to grieve together. We have to come together."

Relatives said despite what has happened, there are two families in shock and dealing with the unimaginable.

"These families have known each other for years. We have to grieve together. We have to come together," Cage said.

Hall started a Go Fund Me page to raise money to give his sister, his niece, and his nephew a proper burial. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.