59-year-old grandmother shot to death as she slept Monday night

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Milwaukee police are investigating a homicide/shooting that occurred near 26th and Mitchell  Monday night, November 18th.

According to police, a 59-year-old woman died as a result of the incident.

Jesse Zuniga says his aunt, Gloria Zuniga lost her life in the shooting.

"Lot of emotion because of the severity of the way it happened. I think she was in bed. She was sleeping," Jesse Zuniga said.

Gloria Zuniga's home on South 26th Street is riddled with bullets. Markers show at least 27 shots were fired into the home -- many striking Gloria, who was asleep in her bedroom.

"There was a couple of people in the house when they heard shots and they obviously took cover," Jesse Zuniga said.

The gunfire has Gloria Zuniga's family and residents in the area fearing the worst.

"Maybe somebody else is going to get killed next trying to make an example and do something. Whoever they were targeting, obviously she wasn`t the target," Jesse Zuniga said.

Meanwhile, Alderman Bob Donovan says he is passionate about getting more of a consistent police presence to prevent unfortunate shootings like this.

"The status quo isn`t working and our city fathers are the ones to blame because some of us for years have been calling for a more substantive plan for safety to stabilize and maintain order in neighborhoods like this," Alderman Donovan said.

Police were in the area Tuesday morning, but for the Zunigas, the reactive response means little when they've lost a pillar in the family.

"She was obviously a really caring person. Real loving person, real compassionate person, really funny, hilarious. She`s a grandma. She has grandkids that miss her now. She has family members that miss her now for something so senseless," Jesse Zuniga said.

Police have no one in custody in connection with this homicide, but say they believe this shooting may be related to an ongoing gang dispute.

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