The Milwaukee Medical Examiner’s Office (MMEO) previously reported the number of victims as five, but added an additional victim on Monday – an adult male. That brings the total number of victims to five men and one woman, according to the MMEO.
Police were assisting with a welfare check at a Milwaukee residence around 3:45 p.m. when they found the bodies of five people. The circumstances surrounding the discovery of an additional victim were not immediately known.
“All five deaths are being treated as homicides,” Milwaukee police aide Paul Formolo said Sunday night. “At this time, the motive and information about any suspects involved are unknown to us.”
The identity of the victims is pending and, according to Formolo, autopsies will be performed on Monday.
Authorities do not believe there is a threat to the community, the assistant chief said.
When asked about the reason for the home’s welfare check, Formolo said: “Citizens of our community were concerned about the residents who lived there and it’s a normal call for us to respond. We do it all the time. .”
Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson expressed his condolences to the victims’ loved ones in a statement obtained by DailyExpertNews.
“The murders discovered today in a residential block in the heart of our city are horrific,” Johnson said. “It’s important not to feel numb to the ongoing violence in our community. Another terrible crime has happened, and it’s not a movie or a fictional story. These victims died in our city, in one of our neighborhoods.
Milwaukee, one of the country’s 40 most populous cities, recorded more homicides in 2021 than any other year on record, according to a DailyExpertNews analysis of police data.
This was the second year in a row that the city set a murder record, said Milwaukee Police Department spokesman Sgt. Efrain Cornejo confirmed this to DailyExpertNews.
There were at least 192 murders in 2021, Cornejo said. In 2020, the city recorded 190 murders.
“We remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce violence,” Johnson said. “We will achieve that through strengthened and improved law enforcement, through community intervention, and through a renewed commitment to prevention.”
Police are asking anyone with information about the case to contact Crime Stoppers or the Milwaukee Police Department.