Rufus King High School shooting: Milwaukee man charged

Devon Jobe

A Milwaukee man is charged in the shooting outside Rufus King High School that injured five, including four teens.

Devon Jobe, 34, was charged Tuesday, Feb. 8, with five counts of second-degree recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon and discharge of a firearm in a school zone.

Police were called to Rufus King High School at 18th and Olive shortly before 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 1 for a report of a shooting. When officers and medical personnel arrived, no victims were found. However, four teens and a 20-year-old woman later showed up at hospitals with gunshot wounds.

Shooting scene near Rufus King High School, Milwaukee

Police previously said the shooting started as a social media argument between two girls that escalated to a fight outside the school, during which time a girls' basketball game was going on inside. As a crowd gathered to watch, police say Jobe pulled out a gun and began firing. No one inside the school was injured.

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According to court filings, the 20-year-old woman called her uncle, Jobe, and another relative to tell them about a fight involving a 15-year-old girl outside the school. According to a complaint, Jobe and the other relative arrived and parked in the middle of the street near the fight and approached the woman and the teen, who are related. The woman said she heard several gunshots as her teen relative began fighting again, and everyone started to run.

Shooting scene near Rufus King High School, Milwaukee

A security guard at the school said he spotted several teenagers he didn’t recognize run into the school prior to the shooting. He found the teens and kicked them out. Once everyone was outside, the security guard said two girls began to fight. As the fight ended, a sedan pulled up and Jobe and woman approached the group.

The guard said a second fight started, and Jobe shot into the ground three times.

Jobe turned himself in to police Friday, Feb. 4. Later that afternoon, more than 100 Rufus King students staged a walkout to protest continued gun violence and demand more information from district officials when it comes to safety concerns. Students also want the district to provide more counselors on school campuses to help students cope with the violence they experience on a nearly daily basis.

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Police squads outside as King faces Riverside

One week after the shooting, several MPD squads were parked outside the school as Rufus King took on Riverside, their rivals, on Tuesday night. MPS officials said increased security is standard protocol for big games like this.

"It was shocking, of course," said Danny Hunt.

Danny and Cynthia Hunt were there the night of the shooting, like always. Their daughter, Lauryn, is one of King's leading scorers. The Hunts say they felt MPS staff handled the incident well.

"I feel that they did their job," said Hunt. "They carried themselves professionally. They made us feel safe."

The Hunts said what happened is not representative of the King community.

"It had nothing to do with Rufus King High School," they said. "It’s just unfortunate that it happened on the premises of Rufus King High School."

In a statement, an MPS spokesperson said the district is working with event staff and law enforcement to ensure a safe environment for all spectators, both inside and outside. 


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