Police say five people were shot and injured outside a Milwaukee high school following a fight over a social media post
MILWAUKEE — A fight over a social media post escalated into a shooting that injured five people outside a Milwaukee high school, police said Wednesday.
Four teenage girls and a woman were gunned down around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday outside Rufus King High School where a basketball game was taking place, Police Chief Jeffrey Norman said at a news conference. According to the police, the suspect is a man known to them who remained at large.
Norman said two women were fighting outside the school and a group had gathered to watch them when the shooter opened fire, hitting all five victims, including two 15-year-olds and three older ones 16, 17 and 20 years old.
The victims were treated in hospitals and their injuries did not appear to be life threatening. Police are still investigating whether any of the shot victims were involved in the initial scuffle, officials said.
Norman and other officials present at the press conference expressed frustration that it was an adult who escalated the fight by pulling out a gun.
“For adults to react to a situation like this and use this level of violence is unacceptable, unacceptable on all levels,” the chief said.
Director of the Office of Violence Prevention, Arnitta Holliman, urged adults to do their part to lessen conflict between young people.
“At this point, you’re either helping us in this fight to prevent and end the violence, or you’re a spectator while the blood is spilled,” Holliman said.
“Here we’re talking about the wave of violence again,” Milwaukee Acting Mayor Cavalier Johnson said, adding that the fight was about a “dumb, stupid argument on Facebook, on social media.”
Norman said no one inside the school was injured and police believe there is no threat to Milwaukee public schools.
The start of the new year was violent with the homicides of six people at a Milwaukee duplex and the shooting of three Milwaukee-area law enforcement officers in separate incidents in January.