'Heartbreaking:' Gov. Evers, community members react to shooting following Juneteenth festival

’Heartbreaking: ’ Gov. Evers, community members react to shooting following Juneteenth festival

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A second person was arrested Tuesday, June 20 in connection with the June 19 shooting that left six teenagers injured following the city's Juneteenth street festival.

Six people were injured, including four females ages 14, 16, 17 and 18 and two males ages 17 and 19. All six are expected to survive their injuries, police said.

The 17-year-old boy -- who police believe was the shooter based on a preliminary investigation -- was arrested Monday. The 19-year-old man was also arrested in connection with the incident on Tuesday.

Governor Tony Evers reacted to the incident while at a news conference in Wausau Tuesday.

"The idea that somehow settling beefs between groups of people, or a handful of people, with guns, is just, it's heartbreaking," Evers said. "I mean, it's just freaking heartbreaking."

Members with the organization Community Task Force MKE said the parade and festival was largely a success. The group was breaking up fights during and after the event as part of violence interruption efforts. But they were concerned not enough efforts were organized to address conflicts after the Juneteenth event ended, as had been an issue in previous years.

"We were not included in that, and a lot of people who know how this stuff goes, and have the insight, were not included in that, and that's my frustration," Vaun Mayes, with Community Task Force MKE, said.

Other members expressed concerns about how the incident impacts the memory of what was otherwise a joyful celebration.

"It was beautiful to see Black people and people of all colors out here celebrating Juneteenth," Dee-Dee Davis said. "But all that's going to be remembered is the fact that there was shooting."

Davis echoed sentiments expressed by city leaders that the community needs to step up to help prevent violence.

"I believe that this is also a systematic problem of Milwaukee and not figuring out ways to engage our youth," Davis said. "Can't blame it on the mayor, can't blame it on the police, don't blame it on Office of Violence Prevention; it has to do with - citywide - what are we doing to engage young adults."

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