Police: 17-year-old boy fatally shot on Milwaukee's south side

Milwaukee police are investigating a fatal shooting that happened on Thursday, Nov. 26 near 15th Place and Arthur Avenue around 12 a.m.

Police say the victim, a 17-year-old boy from Milwaukee, was shot and died despite life-saving efforts administered on scene. The shooting occurred during circumstances under investigation.

Beams from investigators' flashlights cut through the dark as officers searched the front yard of the three-story duplex as well as the alley in the rear, with family of the victim not commenting at this time.

With investigators working to determine what led to the gunfire, police have pointed to trivial arguments ending with bullets flying as the cause of most of the city's homicides and non-fatal shootings in 2020.

Milwaukee Police Captain Thomas Casper

"Arguments or fights is the number one cause -- not only for homicides but for non-fatal shootings, as well," said Milwaukee Police Captain Thomas Casper.

In October, the head of MPD's Homicide Division pointed to often trivial arguments that snowball as part of the reason behind skyrocketing homicide numbers.

"We’re seeing people pull out guns and start firing shots," said Casper.

As of Wednesday, Nov. 25, there were 175 homicides in the city compared to 90 over the same period of time in 2019. The city surpassed the all-time homicide record of 165 set in 1991 earlier in November.

This shooting was the first of three homicides in Milwaukee on Thanksgiving.

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Anyone with any information is asked to contact Milwaukee police at (414) 935-7360 or Crime Stoppers at (414) 224-TIPS or P3 Tips App.

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