Victims identified in mass shooting at Milwaukee home

MILWAUKEE — Police in Wisconsin are investigating the deaths of six people found in a Milwaukee home as possible homicides, multiple news outlets are reporting.

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Update 12:14 a.m. EST Jan. 25: Responding officers discovered four men and one woman dead and later discovered a fifth man dead inside the home, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

The Milwaukee County medical examiner’s office identified the six victims late Monday as Charles L. Hardy, 42; Caleb A. Jordan, 23; Javoni Liddell, 31; Donta H. Williams, 44; Michelle D. Williams, 49; and Donald Smith, 43.

According to the medical examiner’s records, Donta and Michelle Williams, as well as Donald Smith, had lived at the house where their bodies were discovered, the Journal Sentinel reported.

Investigators have not confirmed if the suspected shooter was among those found dead, and they have not announced any arrests, the newspaper reported.

Update 12:45 p.m. EST Jan. 24: The six victims were all found with gunshot wounds, Milwaukee Police Sgt. Efrain Cornejo told The Associated Press by email. Police have not released the identities of the people who were killed, or any information about a motive or who fired the shots.

Original report: According to WISN and WITI, Milwaukee police discovered five of the victims – four men and one woman – dead Sunday afternoon while officers were conducting a welfare check at a home near West Wright and North 21st streets. Authorities later recovered the body of another man, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office tweeted early Monday.

Police have not released any information about possible suspects, the victims’ identities or how they died. The medical examiner plans to conduct autopsies Monday, the news outlets reported.

In a statement Sunday night, Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson called the slayings “horrific” and offered condolences to the victims’ families.

“We remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce violence,” Johnson said in the statement. “We will achieve that through strengthened and improved law enforcement, through community intervention, and through a renewed commitment to prevention. Again, we can never accept murderous violence as routine, and we must together recommit ourselves to our shared responsibility to find solutions and make our city safer.”