Man shot and killed after attempting to run two suspects over outside tavern

MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee's 101st homicide this year occurred early Saturday, August 22nd. The incident ended with a crash.

Cell phone video captured the crash at the south side intersection of 16th and National Avenue just before 2 a.m.

"Security was directing traffic and a car came across 16th Street and smacked another car," said a man who witnessed the crash.

Police say the incident began moments prior in the 1500 block of W. Scott Street. The victim, now identified as Gabriel Velazquez had an argument with two unknown people outside a tavern.

After the fight, Velazquez got into his car and attempted to run over the suspects, police say. That's when one of the male suspects shot at the car, striking Velazquez.

Police say Velazquez then drove to 16th and National Avenue, where he died from his injury after crashing his vehicle.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is dismayed by all the violence.

"What we've seen is people lose their tempers. Sometimes alcohol is involved. Sometimes drugs are involved. Somebody feels they've been dissed and the guns come out. It's about controlling emotions," Mayor Barrett said.

Barrett urges members of the community to get more engaged and help get illegal guns away from their loved ones.

Police are still searching for a suspect in this shooting. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Milwaukee Police Department at 414-935-7213.

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