Regional
12:44 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Mayor Says Shootings Could be the Result of Turf War

There have been more than a dozen shootings in Milwaukee, in the past week-and-a-half. The age of three victims: 14.

Four people were shot near 12th and Locust, including a 14-year-old boy, who died.
Four people were shot near 12th and Locust, including a 14-year-old boy, who died.

Friday night was particularly violent – with four shootings near 12th and Locust. Mayor Tom Barrett says the cause, could be a turf war.

"So what the (police) chief is doing, is making sure we have the resources in those problem spots, where we are seeing a lot of activity right now, and in particular, there is an area where there seems to be almost a turf war going on and retaliation. So we are putting a lot of resources there, a lot of effort to make sure we’re doing everything we can, to curtail that violence,” Barrett said.

While the police department has beefed up its patrols in the area, Alderman Bob Donovan isn’t satisfied. He released a statement Monday, asking why the city isn’t outraged over the gun violence that’s occurred during July and demanding a boost in public safety.