Juvenile detained in shooting of 14-year-old in Milwaukee

July 6, 2015


MILWAUKEE Milwaukee police say they've taken a juvenile male into custody as a person of interest in the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old boy in a dispute that started with a fight over a girl on Facebook.

Police were called about 10:30 p.m. Friday, just after a nearby fireworks display ended on Milwaukee's lakefront. Teams of officers worked to resuscitate Tariq Akbar and got a pulse, but he died later at Froedert Hospital.

Police Chief Ed Flynn says eight or nine shots were fired. He expressed frustration with the easy access young people have to firearms and their recourse to deadly violence over affronts.

A police statement says preliminary information indicates Akbar was among a group of individuals who were feuding with another group on Facebook over a girl.


Associated Press