UPDATED 10:22 AM PT – Monday, January 24, 2022
Police are searching for answers after a welfare check resulted in the discovery of six bodies in a Milwaukee home. On Sunday, authorities responded to calls from concerned neighbors. This led to officers finding four men and one woman dead from gunshot wounds.
“Upon their arrival, entry into the residence was made and five individuals were found deceased,” announced Asst. Police Chief Paul Formolo of the Milwaukee Police Department. “Four of the deceased are adult males and one is an adult female.”
Overnight, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed a sixth homicide victim, a male, was recovered at the location. Asst. Chief Formolo said the deaths are all being treated as homicide, but law enforcement doesn’t believe there is an active threat to those in the area.
“At this time, the motive and information regarding any involved suspects is not known to us right now as this is an ongoing investigation as you can see,” stated the police official. “However, there is no information to suggest that there is a threat to the community.”
Milwaukee’s local leaders have condemned the apparent attack as horrific. They also offered their condolences to the families and friends of the victims.
“We are sick and tired of it and we as a community, that means all of us have to be sick and tired enough that we step up and do something,” said Arnitta Holliman, director of Milwaukee’s Office of Violence Prevention.
This incident comes as the city has been experiencing rising crime with 2021 presenting the highest number of homicides for any year on record.
Autopsies for the six victims are scheduled for Monday and authorities are expected to provide an update for the community in the coming days.