Milwaukee Homicides, Non-Fatal Shootings Both Rose Last Year


Homicides and shootings in which victims survived continue to follow an upward trend that has seen both steadily increase since 2010, says a Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission report quoted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The city recorded 105 homicides for 2013 — a 15 percent increase from 2012 and the highest total since 2005 when the commission began tracking homicides.

“Sadly, the overall thrust of this report was not shocking to me, and what I mean by that is when I’m contacted about a homicide in our city, I’m sorry to tell you this, my assumption before I even hear who the victim is, is ‘This is going to be a young African-American man,’ and I’m also sorry to say that I’m usually right,” said Mayor Tom Barrett. “We have to focus on the violence that’s occurring among young African-American men in this community.” The report found that 40 percent of homicide victims were black men between the ages of 18 and 29.

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