Annette Payne cries during a vigil Monday for Milwaukee’s homicide victims in 2013 at St. Gabriels Church of God. Payne’s son Keenen, 16, was killed in August.
Local news reports
A fatal shooting on New Year's Eve and a couple of nonfatal shootings concluded a violent year in Milwaukee in which more people were killed by assailants than in any since 2005.
If the unofficial tally holds up, Milwaukee will have had 106 homicides in 2013, the largest number of such deaths in the tenure of Police Chief Edward A. Flynn, who was hired more than five years ago.
Police have released few details of Tuesday's fatal shooting. A man was found on the street in the 7400 block of W. Appleton Ave. No one had been arrested Wednesday in that death, a department spokesman said.
Two other people were shot in separate cases Tuesday night, and two nonfatal shootings happened in the early hours of Wednesday.
An arrest was made in one of Tuesday's shootings and one of the shootings Wednesday morning.
Much of the last year's violence occurred in August, which saw 20 homicides. That month also had the third-highest monthly number of nonfatal shootings — 78 — since the Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission began keeping those records in 2006.
The violence spilled over into September, when 14 more homicides were recorded.
"Two years ago, Hudson said, a similar outbreak of deadly violence triggered a similar police response that resulted in a 67% drop in crime in the affected neighborhoods. She and Flynn said they are confident police will see a similar drop this time."ReplyDelete
"A key factor, Flynn said, is the systematic targeting of 189 people who have had a history of firearms violence. While some of these people are not necessarily wanted for a crime right now, Flynn said, police are finding them and talking to them. To Flynn, it's a matter of letting them know police are watching; most of them either live or loiter in the 5th District."
Its interesting to see that such a small number of people can have such a large impact on crime in a large city.
Which is why police should seek them out.Delete