Milwaukee police find five dead in house; suspect in custody

AP – Police found five people shot to death on Monday inside a Milwaukee home and arrested the man who dialed 911 to report the slayings, the city’s Police Chief said.

The Police Department received a call around 10.30am from a man who said his family was dead, Chief Alfonso Morales said during a brief news conference. When officers arrived at the house on the city’s north side they found five victims ranging in age from 14 to 41, the Chief said.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters at the house that a baby was found alive in the house. Investigators believe the shooter decided to spare the infant.

Morales said investigators recovered a weapon and believe the shooter acted alone, adding that that there’s no threat to the public.

The man who called authorities to the house has been taken into custody, and detectives were trying to determine the relationship between the caller and the victims, Morales said.

Bystanders comfort each other at the scene of a shooting where five people were killed in Milwaukee. PHOTO: AP

No names have been provided. Morales called the shooting “a very tragic event”.

The Journal Sentinel, citing three unidentified police sources, reported the suspect was a 43-year-old Milwaukee man with a lengthy criminal record in Milwaukee County.

Online court records show he was convicted in 2002 of misdemeanour battery.

He was sentenced to probation, ordered to attend domestic abuse counselling and prohibited from possessing firearms.

He pleaded guilty in 2007 to felony battery, felony bail jumping and felony intimidation of a witness.

He was sentenced to four and a half years in prison, prohibited from possessing firearms and ordered to complete a batterers’ intervention course.

Five years later, in 2012, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanour battery with a domestic abuse modifier, and drew 18 months in prison with another gun ban. In 2017, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanour disorderly conduct and was sentenced to a month in jail with work-release privileges.

The State Department of Workforce Development (DWD) filed a warrant against him in 2016 seeking USD13,304 in unemployment compensation that still hasn’t been paid.

The online records don’t offer any further details. DWD spokesman Ben Jedd said such cases are confidential under state law.

Asked for confirmation of the suspect’s identity and more details on the shooting, Milwaukee Police spokeswoman Sheronda Grant said only that the department “will provide additional information regarding this incident in the upcoming days”.

The attack is the second mass shooting in Milwaukee this year. Molson Coors worker Anthony Ferrill gunned down five co-workers on February 26 before turning his gun on himself. His motive remains unknown.