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11-year-old Milwaukee girl wounded in crossfire incident

Crime Scene image copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.
Crime Scene image copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Milwaukee's police chief wonders what it will take for Wisconsin legislators to make it a felony to illegally carry firearms.  

Ed Flynn made a renewed call for help from the Capitol, after an 11-year-old girl was seriously wounded Wednesday night on a school playground. She was shot by crossfire from two men shooting at each other.  

It happened around 7 p.m. outside the Clarke Street Elementary School on Milwaukee's north side. She was taken to Children's Hospital, where she was in serious condition at last word.  

At a news conference, Flynn said the girl took her life into her hands just by playing at a school. The chief called the shooters "skunks" and "so-called young men." He promised to put them in jail, but said it was not enough.  

Mayor Tom Barrett said it's time that the governor and Legislature go into special session to pass mandatory minimum sentences for gun crimes. As the mayor put it, lawmakers should "come down hard on those who value life so little."  

Milwaukee has had a wave of shooting incidents lately. Two people were murdered and another was wounded last Sunday outside a liquor store, and an 11-year-old girl and a man were shot outside a north side alley eight days ago. 

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)