'A tragedy': 3 dead, 2 critically injured in domestic-related shooting in Kenosha
KENOSHA, Wisc. (CBS 58) --Three people are dead and two are left critically injured in Kenosha. Police say it was a domestic violence shooting. The youngest victim is a 14-year-old boy.
The home, near 6th Avenue and 40th Place in Kenosha, is now a crime scene. Police found three people dead in the home and two more seriously hurt.
"We see shootings like this called mass shootings, to have it be in your backyard, it's just unbelievable, it's strange, it's very strange," Nick said.
Just before 11 p.m. Tuesday night, Oct. 19, Kenosha got a jarring 911 call. They heard a person screaming over the phone.
Police arrived to the small two-story home within minutes.
"We saw many, many cop cars pull up, go around the block. they were lining this street. they blocked off the whole road. We saw cops carrying assault weapons walking past our house so we were very concerned. I was bringing the dog outside, one of the police officers said go back in the house," Mark Hasenberg said.
Police identified the deceased victims as 18-year-old Marian Pizzaro, who was pregnant, 17-year-old Sebastian Perez-Alvarez, and the suspect, 24-year-old Jostin Gutierrez-Pagan. Police did not say how the suspect died.
According to KPD, the two victims in critical condition -- identified as a 14-year-old boy and 35-year-old woman, Luz Pizarro-Perez -- were transported to the hospital, one via Flight for Life.
"That's upsetting, that's horrible," Donald Walter said. He lives just feet away from the scene. Walter says he knew the victims.
"We got along with them really well, listened to their music. They have people working on their cars, they were really nice, regular people,"
he said. "It seem like one big family and it was kind of hard to tell who actually lived there because they had company all time."
We are not actively seeking any suspects. This was not a police involved shooting. Victims ages and identities are not being released at this time. A police presence remains on scene conducting investigative and evidence work.— Kenosha Police Dept. (@KenoshaPolice) October 20, 2021
“As a community, we are shocked and saddened by this senseless loss of life,” said Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian. “This year we have had 12 homicides and two-thirds of the cases have been results of domestic violence. The current hardships people are facing – including the pandemic – seems to have escalated conflict in some households. If you know of someone in crisis, please consider sharing community resources to find them the help they need."
“A tragedy like this is beyond comprehension,” said Chief Larsen.
"The numbers are high," said Kenosha 16th District Alderman Dominic Ruffalo, talking about city homicides this past year.
He said with 12 homicides in the city this year, nearly double the county-wide statistic from the medical examiner's office last year, the city has ramped up enforcement.
"They have more drug units, they -- it's an unbelievable amount, the shots that are fired. And how many guns that they, that they pick up. I think they picked up eight or nine last week," said Ald. Ruffalo.
Ruffalo thanked first responders and encouraged people who are having a troubled family life to seek help.
"But if you're going through something, please call the appropriate [people]," said Ruffalo, "You can even call the non-emergency police numbers, they'll help you, guide you into someplace you could call to help you before anything gets to any kind of domestic violence."
For those struggling with mental illness or other stress-related conditions, a Crisis Hotline can be reached at 262-657-7188. Women and Children’s Horizons offers help for those dealing with domestic violence and can be reached at 262-652-9900.