A man was just washing windows at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel downtown office building when he was shot.
Milwaukee police say initial investigation reveals that the shooting suspect was inside a passing vehicle. The 30-year-old window washer and the Journal Sentinel building reporters are not believed to be the targets of the shooting.
The shooting happened on the N.4th St. Side of the Journal Sentinel building shortly after 1:30 p.m. and shattered one of the building’s windows. The building is located at 333 W.State St., and the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, the BMO Harris Bradley Center and a parking lot are on the other corners of the intersection.
The window washer was injured on his left side and was seen moaning in pain and being treated by security right after the shooting. Paramedics and police arrived about 1:40 p.m.
Video surveillance footage showed a black or blue late model infiniti driving south on N.4th St. Before coming to a stop at the traffic light at State St. The driver waited for a minute at the stoplight before rolling down his window, extending a gun and firing. Witnesses in the area described said there were at least four gunshots fired.
After the shooting, the car then sped off south on 4th St.
The window washer’s co-worker, Greg Kintop, said they have been outside the building simply washing windows since about 8 a.m. and did not sense, hear or see anything unusual before the shooting. They had been cleaning the building for several days and were just concluding their work.
Kintop said:” Just gunfire. We were just standing outside and cleaning the windows and then just pop-pop-pop-pop.” He said he also saw a “blue car chase down the street” after the shooting of his co-worker.
Kintop said the wounded man has worked with the company, Al’s Window Cleaning, on-and-off for several years. Kintop shared that his colleague has a wife and three children, and just dropped his youngest child off Thursday morning for the first day of kindergarten.
Kintop said of the still unnamed guy: “He’s a good guy. He’s got kids and a wife, that’s all I know.”
Shootings are rare in downtown Milwaukee, although they have happened twice the past month.