Seven people were reportedly shot and killed outside a funeral home in Milwaukee on Wednesday when a car pulled up near 100 mourners and someone fired inside.
The victims were being treated in local hospitals for their injuries, police said. They are all in stable condition and are expected to survive, said the Milwaukee Police Department. The victims were identified by the police as four men aged 20, 24, 26 and 29 years old and three women aged 24, 26 and 48 years old.
The service at Serenity Funeral Home was for 26-year-old Braxton Taylor, who was fatally shot and killed earlier this month when gunfire rang out around 12:45 p.m., the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
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“This is an untenable situation,” said Acting Police Chief Michael Brunson. “This brazen act in broad daylight is simply unacceptable in our city.”
The pre-funeral viewing had not started when the shooting occurred. It was postponed afterwards. It wasn’t clear if the shooting was connected to the funeral.
“I ran downstairs to the women’s room with my daughter and a few seconds later I heard two or three more shots,” said Bri’Anna Sutch, Taylor’s cousin, in a phone interview with the newspaper. “It just came out of nowhere. It was scary. I was just in shock. ”
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The authorities are still looking for the shooter. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett attributed the incident to the flow of guns on the streets.
“It’s the madness of people solving their problems with guns. It’s just completely insane and we’re seeing way too much of it in this community this year,” he said on the spot.