2 men arrested in connection to east side shooting that left 15-year-old dead

NOW: 2 men arrested in connection to east side shooting that left 15-year-old dead

Updated: 4:45 p.m. on July 5, 2023

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Police arrested two 18-year-old men in connection with a shooting that left a 15-year-old boy dead on Milwaukee's east side. 

The shooting happened following the July 3 fireworks show along the lakefront. 

Published: 5:07 a.m. on July 5, 2023

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee police are investigating a reported shooting that resulted in the death of a 15-year-old boy near North and Prospect.

MPD reports that the teen died at the scene around 11 p.m. Monday, July 3.

The circumstances surrounding the incident remain under investigation, but officials believe that the shooting resulted from an altercation.

On Tuesday, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office identified the boy as 15-year-old Willie Moore of Milwaukee.

"We were out watching the fireworks, kind of by like the pier area, and there were a lot of kids, but nothing that we saw was fighting-wise," Kayli Stauch, an east side resident, told CBS 58 Tuesday.

Stauch said hearing of the shooting in an area near where she lives is concerning.

"It definitely is scary, because I mean the kids are the future of us and the world, so we don't want that to happen obviously, and it is very sad that he was only 15," Stauch said.

Overall, homicides in Milwaukee have decreased considerably compared to the same time last year with 74 registered homicides as of July 2, 2023 (the latest data available from MPD) and 106 during the same period in 2022. But non-fatal shootings have gone up slightly, from 417 in 2022 to 422 in 2023.

"My condolences go out to them and to their family," Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson told reporters Tuesday.

"We got a number of programs that we're pushing young people and their families to let them know that there are resources available in Milwaukee," Johnson added.

Along with programs, Johnson believes more action is needed at the state and federal level to help address violence.

"If someone's willing to pull a trigger after a fireworks celebration with tens of thousands of people around, they shouldn't have their hands on a gun in the first place, right? So we need our partners on other levels of government to help us out with that," Johnson said.

Police are still looking for an unknown suspect.

Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to contact the Milwaukee Police Department at (414) 935-7360. To provide anonymous tips, contact Crime Stoppers at (414) 224-TIPS or use the P3 Tips online service.

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