Police investigating after 7 people shot outside Milwaukee funeral home

NOW: Police investigating after 7 people shot outside Milwaukee funeral home

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Police are looking for a unknown gunman after seven people were shot outside a Milwaukee funeral home Wednesday, Sept. 30.

It was supposed to be a time of mourning, a celebration of life.

But around 12:45 p.m., investigators say a the shooter opened fire outside the Serenity Funeral Home, near 42nd and Fond Du Lac.

“This is an untenable situation. This brazen act, that was done in broad daylight, is just unacceptable in our city," Acting Chief Michael Brunson said.

The seven adult victims include three women -- ages 48, 26, and 24 -- and four men -- ages 29, 26, 24 and 20.

As of Wednesday evening, police reported all were in stable condition.

According to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, someone driving past the funeral home opened fire on individuals getting ready to go inside.

“It’s the insanity of people solving their problems with guns," Barrett said. "It’s just completely insane and we’re seeing way too much of that in this community this year.”

Funeral home staff confirmed it happened during visitation, and the funeral was to start at 1 p.m.

Friends said it was for Braxton Taylor, 26, who was shot and killed near 35th and St. Paul on Sept. 17.

A witness told CBS 58 the service was supposed to be private, and that some saw the shooter in a black vehicle, as people and victims ran inside for cover.

“It’s not right," resident Chantell Wilson said.

Wilson did not attend the ceremony, but watched as police secured the scene.

“People just need to get it together," she continued. "I mean, what else can you say? We see this everywhere. They need to really change their mindset."

Police are seeking an unknown suspect at this time. 

They have not released a clear motive, but are looking into whether, or not, the funeral and shooting are connected.

Anyone with information is asked to contact MPD at 414-935-7360 or Crime Stoppers at 414-224-TIPS.

This is a developing story. Stick with CBS 58 for updates on air and online.

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