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Two Boys Tell of Being Chased by Man with Shotgun

Young Milwaukee teens say they had been to movie at Rosebud Theater when confronted and pursued by stranger.

Two Milwaukee boys who had just gone to a movie on Wauwatosa's east side ran back to the theater a short time later in fear, saying they had just been confronted and chased by a man with a shotgun.

According to police reports:

At about 9 p.m. Sunday, police were called to investigate a report that someone was being chased by a man with a gun in the area of North 68th Street and West Garfield Avenue.

A police officer who was first on the scene did not initially see anything amiss but noticed an older gray Buick sedan that seemed worth checking out, and he ran the plate, which turned up no wants, but then lost sight of it.

Then he was flagged down by a driver at North 68th Street and West North Avenue who yelled that her son was being chased by a man with a gun. Just as the officer was beginning to speak to her, he got a call that two frightened boys were waiting at the , 6823 W. North Ave., with the same story.

The officer went to the Rosebud, where he met the owner, who had called police when the two boys arrived there scared and out of breath.

The two boys, one 13 and one 14 and both students at Hi-Mount Community School in Milwaukee, said they had gone to a movie at the theater earlier and when it was over one had called a cousin to get a ride home.

They were told to wait at , 2166 N. 68th St., so they began to walk south on 68th. They said an old gray car with a loud exhaust approached from the south and stopped across from them.

They told police the driver stared at them, and one of the boys heard him call out something. Then the man drove on and turned right onto North Avenue.

The boys kept on to Washington School, where they walked east on Garfield Aveune, which dead-ends north of the building, and came out on the sidewalk at North 67th Street.

Then they saw the same gray car driving toward them fast and recognized it. The 13-year-old said, “Hey, isn’t that the car we just saw?”

The car stopped just in front of them, they said, and the driver got out and put up the hood of his sweatshirt. Then he walked around the back of the car and they saw that he was holding a shotgun. Both boys said they saw him pump the gun and heard what sounded like a round being chambered.

They turned and ran back up the dead-end and hid in some bushes in a yard. They heard the car approach, recognizing the loud exhaust, and said they heard the man revving the engine not far from them.

One of them called his mother, who then called the Wauwatosa police. When they heard the car drive off, they then decided they should get somewhere safe and went back to the Rosebud.

The boys said they had never seen the man or the car before.

Wauwatosa and Milwaukee police searched but could not find the Buick on the streets, and its license led them to an interview with a Milwaukee man who said he let others register cars under his name. He identified a man who might have bought the car for his son, but police were unable to locate him or the son.

The boys described the man who had confronted them as an African-American with a dark complexion, likely in his mid-20s, 5 feet, 9 inches to 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighing about 135 pounds. He was wearing a dark hoodie zipped all the way up and dark pants that were not jeans.

Shortly after the incident, a Tosa officer was checking with Milwaukee police who were just then taking a burglary complaint from the 2700 block of North Carlton Place, just nine blocks northeast, in which several firearms had been stolen including a pump shotgun. Police from both departments are investigating the two incidents as possibly related.

Ray Ray Johnson September 27, 2011 at 03:20 AM
My condolences.
Julie O'Keeffe Henszey September 27, 2011 at 12:53 PM
It's a shame when anyone threatens another human being. One of the best courses of action to avoid future incidences is for all parents to show forgiveness and love to their children, and to teach them that when you meet someone, you show them that you respect their dignity. We can't fix the problem of crime and taking innocent lives. We can begin to be a more compassionate society with our children and our comments in front of them. There are entire eastern cultures built on compassion. It's unfortunate the U.S. hasn't gone that route.
Ray Ray Johnson September 27, 2011 at 07:54 PM
Thanks, Julie. I agree. Parents need to teach their children to show others respect and dignity. And we can't fix the problem by taking innocent lives. But when someone brandishes a shotgun at kids, they put down that 'innocent life' identity and they cross over to vicious and dangerous animal. As far as Eastern cultures, they are better than we are, aren't they? I remember how humane the Japanese were toward the Chinese in the first half of the 1900s, and how loving and kind they were toward Americans in the South Pacific in the 1940s. I remember how sweet and cuddly Pol Pot was to the wee farming folk of Cambodia. I remember how forgiving Mao Tse Tung was to people who just wanted to be left alone in China after WWII. I remember how benevolent the ruling caste of India was to the lower castes, even to the point of convincing them through religious fairy tales to starve themselves so the ruling castes could eat, even as that food mingled among the wretched. We are going that route, Julie, all the way to where the masses are opiated, just like in glorious Eastern cultures. Sing with me, and get your hands in the air, girl!...'Cumbaya, cumbaya.., oh Lord, cumbaya.' Kids need to be kind and respectful, as do we all, but we also need to be prepared to defend oursleves against the maniacle. You can't negotiate with wild animals, unless, of course, you are an Eastern yogi snake-charmer swami guy, I guess, sitting wasted in his dirty drawers in some 3rd world s-hole.
Davis Marklin September 27, 2011 at 08:32 PM
That is too much of a coincidence, but nevertheless, it was an interesting story!
Davis Marklin September 27, 2011 at 08:33 PM
I'm sorry to hear that.

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