MILWAUKEE (AP) - A 75-year-old Milwaukee man arrested in the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy who lived next door had been a repeated target of break-ins, according to neighbors.
The older man was arrested Thursday after waiting for police at the crime scene on Milwaukee's south side. Police said they are investigating whether there was a history of disagreements between the man and boy. The boy, who has not been identified, was unarmed when he was shot in the street outside their homes, according to a police department report on its website.
Police recovered a weapon.
Neighbor Toni Johnson said she was watching TV when she heard a commotion outside her door.
"I looked out the door and saw the mother kneeling over her boy at the curb, screaming, 'my son!' and the old guy was standing right over there by the stop sign with his dog, just waiting," Johnson said.
Neighbor Robert Delatorre said the man lived alone with his two dogs and often walked around the block. While he was on one of those walks his house was burglarized and the man suspected his next-door neighbors had committed the crime, Delatorre said. The man installed surveillance cameras outside his house.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Alderman Bob Donovan had breakfast with the man earlier in the day at a George Webb restaurant. Donovan said the man told him he had lost $3,000 worth of shotguns in a burglary this week, was frustrated with police and was dying of lung cancer.
"He seemed burdened, truly burdened," Donovan said. The man also said something about "there are other ways to deal with situations" the police couldn't resolve, Donovan added.
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