MILWAUKEE (NewsNation Now) — Seven people were shot and wounded Wednesday in an apparent drive-by shooting outside a Milwaukee funeral home, the city’s mayor said.
Mayor Tom Barrett said there were no fatalities, and all of the injured were taken to local hospitals in stable condition with various injuries. All of the injured are expected to survive. The victims include men and women ranging in age from 24 to 48-years-old, according to NewsNation affiliate WFRV.
“This is an example of the insanity that we’re seeing with the number of guns, particularly illegal guns, on the streets in the city of Milwaukee,” Barrett said. “After four consecutive years of reductions in homicides and nonfatal shootings, this year we have seen a dramatic increase here in the city of Milwaukee and it is not acceptable to me, it’s not acceptable to the residents of this city and I know it’s not acceptable to the police chief and the members of the police department.”
Acting Police Chief Michael Brunson said police were still looking for a suspect and he asked for the public’s help in identifying the shooter.
“This is an untenable situation. This brazen act done in broad daylight is just unacceptable in our city,” Brunson said.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that a car pulled up to a crowd of around 100 mourners. Cedric Guy, owner of Serenity Funeral Home, said the funeral was being held for Braxton Taylor, the 26-year-old victim of a Sept. 17 shooting.
The funeral was scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. but was postponed after the shooting. It was not immediately known if the shooting was connected to the funeral.
This story is developing. Check back for updates.
NewsNation affiliate WFRV and The Associated Press contributed to this report.