Milwaukee shootings: 2 suspects face gun charges, bail jumping

Two men who were shot and injured in the shootings in the city’s busy nightlife district last week that injured a total of 21 people, have now been charged with bail jumping and gun charges.

Shooting scene near Water and Juneau, Milwaukee

Otis Green, 28, was charged with felony firearm possession and felony bail jumping on Wednesday, May 17. Jeremiah Fraylon, 20, was charged with felony possession of a firearm by an adjudicated delinquent, carrying a concealed weapon and misdemeanor bail jumping.

Green made an initial appearance Wednesday afternoon and his bond was set at $10,000. Fraylon has yet to appear on the charges.

According to court filings, a police officer was at the intersection of Water and Juneau on crowd patrol shortly after 11:00 pm following the Milwaukee Bucks game on May 13, when he heard multiple gunshots. The officer said he saw Green running towards him, holding a gun towards the ground.

Otis Green

Green was ordered to drop the gun, which he did, raised his hands in the air and got on the ground. As he was being taken into custody, Green told the officer he had been shot in the leg.

Filings say a .380 semi-automatic handgun was recovered from Green, who was taken to Froedtert Hospital for treatment.

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Green has an open Milwaukee County felony firearm possession case and was released on a $1,500 signature bond in August of last year, according to court records, and ordered not to possess any dangerous weapons or firearms. Green pleaded guilty to taking and driving a vehicle without the owner’s consent, and party to a crime, in a 2014 case. Also in that year, another case of taking a vehicle without consent as a passenger was dismissed, but read in at the time of sentencing in the other case.

According to court filings, an officer found Fraylon on Water Street, between Highland and Juneau. Fraylon was shot in his right arm. While at Froedtert for treatment, an officer asked Fraylon if he had anything on him, and found a semi-automatic handgun in his pocket.

Jeremiah Fraylon

Fraylon has an open Milwaukee County battery, disorderly conduct case with domestic violence assessments and court records show a bench warrant was issued for his arrest for a July 2021 court no show.

The two men of 11 total that were arrested in connection to two shootings, one on Water Street and another in Westown's Deer District Friday night.

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Milwaukee Police said Saturday that one person was injured in a shooting at around 10:30 pm near Water and Highland, but no suspect was arrested in connection to that incident.

Shortly after 11:00 pm, 17 people were shot and injured in a shooting near Water and Highland. Police said ten people were arrested in connection to that shooting, five of whom were armed, along with five others who were not injured.

Shooting scene near Water and Juneau, Milwaukee

The two shootings followed a shooting that occurred on the west side of the Milwaukee River, near the Deer District, right as the Bucks game was ending. Three people were injured in that incident and police said one person – along with a gun – was taken into custody.

Filings say Green was injured in the third shooting, but court documents do not say which shooting Fraylon was injured in.

Green is due back in court later this month for a preliminary hearing.

Milwaukee police, FBI seek help

The Milwaukee Police Department and FBI are requesting the public's assistance in obtaining any electronic media that may assist in the investigation of events leading up to, during and immediately after the Water and Highland multi-victim shooting. 

To help identify those responsible for these violent acts, the MPD and FBI are accepting tips and digital media depicting the shooting on Water Street. You may also call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) to verbally report tips and/or information related to this investigation.

Enforcing existing curfew in Milwaukee

Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson said on Tuesday that the city will begin to vigorously enforce the curfew already on the books. That means anyone under age 17 must be off the streets, out of public spaces, by 11 p.m. on weekends and 10 p.m. on weekdays. The mayor said more police will be deployed in downtown Milwaukee to help with this enhanced enforcement.