MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee police are investigating the shooting death of a 16-year-old boy found near 50th and Burleigh Wednesday night, May 5 around 10 p.m. Investigators later determined the shooting happened a few miles away near 68th and Fond du Lac.
"When I got up this morning, I heard it was a kid and it was a homicide," said a neighbor.
The woman said she was heartbroken to learn of another young life lost to gun violence so close to her home. Police said no arrests have been made.
"I have a 1-year-old son, and you know, things like that make me think about the future for my son," the neighbor said.
Police found the victim on a front lawn near 50th and Burleigh late Wednesday. Early on in the investigation, neighbors suspected he wasn't shot there.
"He definitely wasn’t shot over here," said a neighbor. "If there was one gunshot, I’m sure these neighbors here would have heard it."
Their suspicions were confirmed on Thursday when Milwaukee police said an investigation revealed this shooting happened at 68th and Fond du Lac.
"It breaks my heart," said a neighbor.
FOX6 News made contact with the 16-year-old victim’s mother, who asked for privacy as she mourns the loss of her son. She did offer a statement saying, "These older people are manipulating babies because they are babies. They need to leave these babies alone."
This incident marks the second fatal shooting involving a teenage by in Milwaukee in days. On Sunday, a 15-year-old boy lost his life near 37th and Marion. Police are also seeking the shooter(s) in that case.
Wednesday night's shooting happened 12 hours after county leaders held a press conference announcing the launch of a new mentorship program for high-risk youth called "Credible Messengers."
"Unfortunately, many times, youth cannot get the help they need until they have gotten into trouble or until it’s too late," said David Muhammad with the Department of Health and Human Services.
Alderman Khalif Rainey pleaded with the public to come forward with any information that could help investigators in both shootings. He said the community is grieving the young lives lost.