Milwaukee neighbors seek answers for 2 fatal drive-by shootings

MILWAUKEE — Two communities are searching for answers after two deadly shootings left people dead over the weekend.

The first was on Saturday when a 51-year-old woman was killed at 39th and Hadley. On Monday morning, a house was shot down, killing a 56-year-old man near 37th and Congress.

On 39th and Hadley, you could still see bullet holes in the windows of a four-unit apartment. A 51-year-old woman was killed. According to the medical examiner, she was identified as Marshell M. Harris.

The news was shocking to people who saw it.

“I took her because she was a nice lady. I’m sure she was. I’m sure she was. The violence just needs to stop,” a neighbor said.

People in the neighborhood say shootings like these shouldn’t be close to normal.

“It’s just crazy, it’s something we’re used to. It’s something we shouldn’t be used to,” one resident said.

Around the corner from the scene of Saturday’s homicide is Word of Hope Ministries. It is a church filled with jobs, education, health and social resources for the community.

“We’re right in a community that really needs our services and that’s why we’re not trying to stray from here.” Dr. Clifford Taylor of Word of Hope Ministries.

Dr. Taylor says from his office he can hear gunshots. Sounds of discouragement, but he’s not discouraged.

“We are on 40th and Center. It’s not the safest place, but it’s a place where Word of Hope has been for 26 years,” he said.

Dr. Taylor hopes that by putting people in positions of success, shootings will become less common over time.

“People just need to have choices. People need to have options that there’s something better than you’ve been led to believe,” he said.

Police say they are still looking for unknown suspects in both shootings.

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