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Milwaukee police arrest man who fired shots while driving van with 7 kids inside

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Milwaukee Police have arrested a 39-year-old man who got into a gunfight while driving a van carrying seven children and their mother.

Two of the youngsters were hit by the bullets on Wednesday night, and they remained hospitalized Thursday with non-life-threatening injuries. Those victims were a 10-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl.

The seven kids in the van ranged from 2-years-old to 11.

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn said the van driver is being held for violating a previous probation. He was suspected of trying to settle a score with somebody after he had just been freed from prison.

Mayor Tom Barrett said anyone who gets into a gun battle while in a vehicle with 7 children is a "coward," because he's putting the kids' lives in danger.

While patrolling the area Thursday night, police also arrested as 23-year-old man wanted for another previous homicide. He was caught with a loaded gun in his vehicle while two children were on board.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)