Milwaukee police investigate teen's shooting, community mourns amid spate of violence

  • Updated: July 28, 2013 - 5:35 PM

MILWAUKEE — Police in Milwaukee worked Sunday to identify suspects in the fatal weekend shooting of a 14-year-old boy, while his family and friends mourn the latest in a string of teens shot in the city.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Japhet Moore was the third 14-year-old shot in the past week (http://bit.ly/176Y7SF). Police Chief Ed Flynn says eight people were shot in five incidents over 24 hours and that in the past seven days, 12 people were shot in the city.

Moore was shot Friday night amid a fight on the city's northwest side. A 15-year-old boy and 22-year-old woman were seriously injured in the shootings but were expected to survive.

Flynn says there are too many guns, drugs and gangs in many areas of the city. Speaking Saturday at a police roll call near the site of the shooting, he said there appeared to be little special circumstances behind the latest rash of violence.

"Sadly, violence and firearms are not predictable," Flynn said.

At the vigil for Japhet, neighbors said the violence was all too familiar.

"I heard a lot of chaos and confusion. Nothing new," said David Robinson, a homeowner on the block. He said he's learned to never go outside after hearing gunfire.

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