Gun violence surged in Milwaukee last year, says the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Hospitals treated 26 percent more gunshot victims and serious shootings hit a 15-year high, according to first-ever data from hospitals, paramedics, and police. The increase in shootings in Milwaukee was part of a nearly 33 percent jump in violent crime that was one of the largest percentage increases among the nation’s largest cities. However, Milwaukee’s overall rate of 552 violent crimes per 100,000 people was ranked 16th. St. Louis was first with 1,190 per 100,000, and Detroit second with 1,176.
The Journal Sentinel found that 808 people were treated for gunshot wounds at eight hospitals, compared with 640 in 2005. Fire Department paramedics treated 381 people for serious gunshot wounds to the head, neck or chest, a 20 percent increase over 2005 and the highest total since 1991. Said Karen Brasel, a trauma surgeon at the Medical College of Wisconsin: “Oftentimes there is just millimeters of difference between somebody who dies and somebody who lives. You can’t live that way and count on the bullets going the right way.”