5 killed, 16 injured in weekend gun violence

Pevita Lena

Five people were fatally shot and 16 others were injured since Saturday in Milwaukee as summer gun violence in the city ramps up.

For about a year, officials have stressed that more guns appear to be on the streets and are being used to escalate arguments. Acting Police Chief Jeffrey Norman said Monday the weekend violence represented a “confluence of poor conflict resolution and firearms,” along with a recent uptick in domestic violence incidents.

He also again took aim at youth involvement in violent incidents.

“We see a crisis in our youth community,” Norman said. “We see a crisis in our youth being involved in a lot of these behaviors out there.”

Violence prevention advocates have been working to defuse situations, mediate conflicts and distribute free gun locks.

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