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Playground shooting in Milwaukee

Shooting suspect in custody and awaiting formal charges.
Shooting suspect in custody and awaiting formal charges.

MILWAUKEE (WSAU-Wheeler News)  An 18-year-old convicted felon has been arrested for last Wednesday's playground shooting of a 10-year-old girl in Milwaukee. At a Memorial Day news conference, Police Chief Ed Flynn said the suspect was previously arrested 15 times -- and he was on probation when he and another man got into a shooting match that wounded Sierra Guyton. She was caught in the crossfire, and her family says she's recovering better than expected. The other suspect remains at large.

Flynn could not say whether the man who's under arrest fired the bullet that wounded Sierra -- but the chief said it's a very strong possibility. He said the suspect was wounded in another shooting the previous week.

Flynn said the arrest was made by officers in Milwaukee's fugitive apprehension unit -- with strong cooperation from city residents. He urged people to "stay engaged and stay enraged." Mayor Tom Barrett thanked all those involved in the arrest, and he urged Milwaukeeans to "put the guns down."

Earlier yesterday about 300 people attended a rally in the girl's neighborhood on Milwaukee's north side. Organizers said it was a "call to action" to support Sierra's family, cooperate with police, join neighborhood groups, and volunteer in other ways to improve their community.

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