Old World Third shooting; Milwaukee man killed, suspect arrested

Police are investigating a homicide that happened shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday near Martin Luther King Drive and Highland Boulevard in Milwaukee's Old World Third bar district.

Police say 30-year-old Shannon Freeman of Milwaukee was fatally shot. His identity was confirmed by the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner Monday afternoon, April 11.

The circumstances leading up to the shooting appear to stem from an argument. 

Milwaukee police say a 24-year-old Milwaukee man has been arrested in connection to the shooting. Charges are being referred to the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office. 

"It disappoints me, but it doesn’t surprise me," said Milwaukee resident Dale Nelson. He rides his bike around downtown nearly every day.

Milwaukee broke its homicide records in the last two years – in 2022 we’re already outpacing that.

The shooting happened here in the heart of Milwaukee's Old World Third bar district, and near Fiserv Forum. The Milwaukee Bucks had the night off, but if they were playing at home, the area would have been even busier at the time of the shooting.

"For that to happen at the deer district, yeah its probably going to affect a lot of people wanting to come downtown especially if it happens more often," said Milwaukee resident Alex Eggers.

"It also gives a bad impression to the city. People are going to be visiting here, whether its for the bucks playoffs or otherwise, it doesn’t give us a good name,"said Milwaukee resident Mike Wnek.

Milwaukee police say Saturday's shooting appears to be targeted.

They say they have heightened patrols in the entertainment districts on weekends.

"We typically think of this as a pretty safe area," said Wnek. " So it’s getting a little frightening."

At one o'clock in the morning, bars are still open. So I’m surprised because this place is flooded with police," said Dale Nelson.

Despite their concerns, neighbors say they want visitors to know, there's more to Milwaukee.

"Come downtown, it’s a nice place," said Nelson.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Milwaukee Police at 414-935-7360 or to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 414-224-Tips or P3 Tips App.  

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