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Death of Young Child on Milwaukee's Northwest Side - Another Random, Senseless Shooting


Investigators report a promising lead in the shooting death of a young boy on Milwaukee’s northwest side. 13-month-old Bill Thao was visiting relatives Saturday with his mother Suabna Xiong when the home in the 6400 block of N. 73rd was peppered with gunshots.

Milwaukee Police Captain Aaron Raap reports that "dozens of shots rang out in, breaking the silence of a normally very quiet neighborhood."

The toddler later died of injuries at Children's Hospital.

At a news conference Sunday police stood near the home and said they believe more than one shooter peppered the home. using more than one gun.

Mayor Tom Barrett shared his outrage, saying whoever fired into the family gathering had no moral compass.

"Dozens, dozens of bullets into a home that had nothing to do with whatever they were mad about . I don’t know if they were stupid, I don’t know if they were on drugs, I don’t know if they had the right house; but as far as we can tell, people in this home had nothing to do with those shots being fired, dozens being fired, and a 13-month-old boy loses his life," Barrett says.

Milwaukee police implored anyone with knowledge about the shooting to contact the department at 414-935-7360.

Saturday's fatal shooting follows a troubling spate of children falling victim to gun violence in Milwaukee: 10-year-old Sierra Guyton was shot on a playground on May 21 and subsequently died on July 13. More recently, 5-year-old Laylah Petersen was fatally struck while sitting on her grandfather's lap inside a home.

Susan Bence entered broadcasting in an untraditional way. After years of avid public radio listening, Susan returned to school and earned a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She interned for WUWM News and worked with the Lake Effect team, before being hired full-time as a WUWM News reporter / producer.