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2 Dead, 3 Hurt in Milwaukee Park Shooting
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Date : 2006-05-30 11:06:54                      Reader : 555

Associated France Press (AP) 30/5/2006

2 Dead, 3 Hurt in Milwaukee Park Shooting


By Associated Press

MILWAUKEE -- A man opened fire at a group of people Monday evening at a park packed with Memorial Day picnickers, killing two in the group and wounding three, police said.

The shooting, next to a playground, prompted hundreds of people in South Shore Park on the Lake Michigan shore to scatter, screaming.
Police were looking for the gunman, who argued with the victims at the park about 7:30 p.m., fired shots and fled in a vehicle, police spokeswoman Anne E. Schwartz said. Witnesses said they heard at least 10 shots.

Peter Quinones said he saw a man in a white shirt circling the tables where about 10 people were seated, shooting at them with a handgun.

"At point-blank range, he was shooting," Quinones told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "He was so concentrated on that table, it looked like he wanted to wipe out that whole group of people."

A 31-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy were killed, Schwartz said. Two people -- a 23-year-old woman and a 34-year-old man -- were in serious condition, and a 21-year-old man was treated and released.

Jesus Romero, who was at the park with his family, said about 50 children were on the playground when shots broke out.

"All the parents were scared for their kids," Romero said. "They grabbed them and were running away."

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