Shooting near UWM's Cambridge Commons, students on edge

A Milwaukee man was shot and wounded across the street from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Cambridge Commons residence hall Friday afternoon, March 31.

The 36-year-old victim was shot during an argument with the shooter, officials said. He was taken to a hospital for treatment of non-fatal wounds.

"I heard a faint boom, but I wasn’t sure what it was," said student Diego Ditzler.

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Students who spoke to FOX6 News said the violence is too close to home, and some said they were already on edge.

"It’s like, are we safe here?" said Mackenzie Farrell, who works at Cambridge Commons.

UWM police parked outside Cambridge Commons

"I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s right outside of our school where we live,’ so it was kind of scary," said student Martie Gerstenkorn.

Campus police issued an alert around 12:40 p.m. Police believe the shooter fled in a white SUV. Officials said no one from UWM was involved in the shooting. 

"We’ve already had a couple of issues here, and it’s like, put you on edge and then hearing this it’s like we don’t know if they’ve caught him yet is there a reason he needs to come back here or something like that?" Farrell said. "It’s just going to be terrifying."

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The university called it an "upsetting incident." It was the second gun-related incident on or near campus in the past few weeks; a man was recently charged for having a gun inside the Golda Meir Library

Police said there is no continued threat to the public, but asked people to avoid the area.

UWM students are being encouraged to make use of counseling services available through the UWM Student Health and Wellness Center if needed. Employees have been encouraged to seek out support through the EAP program in the Department of Human Resources.