36th and Clarke homicide: Milwaukee man charged, on the run

Milwaukee police are searching for a man accused of killing a 41-year-old woman and then shooting their 14-year-old daughter and leaving her for dead. It all played out in an incident near 36th and Clarke on Jan. 6. The accused is Simone Hughes, 47, who now faces the following criminal counts: 

  • First-degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon
  • Attempt first-degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon
  • Possession of a firearm by a felon
Simone Hughes

Simone Hughes

According to the criminal complaint, Milwaukee police officers were dispatched to the neighborhood near 36th and Clarke on Thursday, Jan. 6 for a report of a shooting. When they arrived on the scene, they found a woman, later identified as 41-year-old Quinette Walters of Milwaukee, had suffered fatal injuries. Nearby, a 14-year-old girl, the daughter of Hughes and Walters, suffered life-threatening injuries.

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Officers recovered 9mm casings outside the residence near where the victims were located. Additionally, officers located two fired bullets within the residence, the complaint says.

Shooting at 36th and Clarke, Milwaukee

Shooting at 36th and Clarke, Milwaukee

The complaint indicates officers spoke with a person in the neighborhood who stated he saw Walters "running away from her house and falling into the snow across the sidewalk." The person told police Walters' boyfriend was "following behind her and walking up to her as she was yelling." The person told police he then saw the man "stand over the female and shoot twice at point-blank range." The man who fired the fatal shots was later identified as Hughes.

According to the criminal complaint, Hughes and Walters had been arguing -- and that Walters "no longer wanted to be in a relationship" with Hughes.

"They lost everything," said a family spokesperson. "The worst of it all, my family is living in fear. They worried about having to watch over their shoulder because their father has still not been captured."

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After the shots were fired, the 14-year-old ran inside. As she was locking the door, she felt herself get shot, the complaint indicates. The teen then ran upstairs and jumped out of a second-story window. She told police Hughes shot at her from that window before leaving the house and driving off.

"She did leave behind a daughter who was still traumatized. We just hoping to get her to rebuild, get her back to where she needs to be mentally, so she can have a promising future," the family spokesperson said.

The family says they cannot live in the house where this all happened. So one of the biggest things right now is to find some place to live.

Again, online records indicate an arrest warrant has been issued for Hughes. The complaint also indicates Hughes had a previous conviction for escape-criminal arrest.

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