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Six Teens Shot After Milwaukee's Juneteenth Celebration

At least six teenagers were shot Monday afternoon as Milwaukee’s Juneteenth celebration wrapped up. The shooting happened about 4:20 p.m. outside Greater Philadelphia Church of God in Christ, according to witnesses and a Facebook Live video taken by a bystander. Milwaukee Police Chief Jeffrey Norman said six teens were shot, including a 17-year-old who may have been a gunman himself and is in custody. Police were seeking additional suspects who hadn’t yet been identified. Police said the victims, four girls and two boys, ranged in age from 14-19, the Associated Press reports. Norman said the shooting may have stemmed from a fight among a number of girls and young women, but he didn’t know what started it. The injuries of those wounded varied but did not appear life-threatening, the chief said.

“Milwaukee, what’s going on with our children?” Norman said at a news conference. He noted that he has taken part in the city’s Juneteenth celebrations for eight years without any such issues. “Parents, guardians, elders, we need to engage in ensuring that this violence that our children are bringing these streets ceases. No handgun, no weapons of destruction, should be in the hands of our young ones. “This is a story that plays out too often, and it’s getting really old. Really old.” The violence followed a bloody weekend of shootings across the nation. A Facebook Live video taken after the shooting shows at least two young people with gunshot wounds being treated by paramedics on the pavement.


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