2 dead, 2 injured in gas station shooting near 26th and Capitol; 1 in custody

NOW: 2 dead, 2 injured in gas station shooting near 26th and Capitol; 1 in custody

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee police are investigating a quadruple shooting on Milwaukee's north side. 

According to police, four people were shot while at a gas station near N. 26th St. and W. Capitol Dr. around 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 7.

Two victims, a 20-year-old woman from Milwaukee and a 30-year-old man from Milwaukee, died at the scene. Two other victims, a 26-year-old Illinois man and 27-year-old Milwaukee woman, were transported to the hospital for non-fatal injuries. 

Friends and family of the male victim, who they wanted to identify as "Jeffrey," gathered at the scene and set up a memorial to remember him.

“It’s sad that he had to be involved in such a violent incident, and I’m just terrified of what his son is going to have to go through and what his sister and his mother and everybody else, his friends and family, what we’re all going through," Jeffrey's sister, Kristeena Coleman, said.

One suspect, a 26-year-old man, has been taken into custody. 

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said the situation began with an argument inside of the gas station between two groups of people, before moving outside and ending in gunfire.

“This time again, potentially between people who know each other, who have guns and are using these guns whether it’s to settle disputes or to settle scores," Barrett said.

The shooting comes during a violent time in Milwaukee. Homicides are down in 2021 after a record-setting year in 2020, but remain above average. The rates of aggravated assault, robbery and vehicle theft are currently higher than last year.

“We’re working with the police department, we’re working with our violence interrupters because this is a public health issue as well," Barrett said. "But at the end of the day, it’s going to be human behavior and when you’ve got people who are using their guns to solve problems, that’s a serious, serious problem.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Milwaukee Police Department at 414-935-7360 or Crime Stoppers at 414-224-TIPS.

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