Two children, ages 12 and 13, were shot by a driver after throwing snowballs at cars in Milwaukee on Jan. 4.
Milwaukee police shared the shocking news on their Twitter account, writing that police officials responded to the incident at around 7:50 p.m.
“Upon arrival, officers found a 12-year-old Milwaukee female suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound,” the tweet reads.
“Minutes later,” police also tweeted, “a 13-year-old Milwaukee male was found also suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound.”
According to the release, officers immediately performed First Aid on both victims, who were then taken to hospital for treatment.
While the investigation is still in its preliminary stages, police said it seemed both victims were part of a group of juveniles throwing snowballs at passing cars.
“One of the snowballs struck a white Toyota,” the Twitter statement reads.
“The driver of the auto fired shots into the group of kids, striking the two victims.”
Twitter users were evidently outraged by the crime.
“Anyone who tries to justify shooting at kids for throwing objects at the car: What the heck is wrong with you?” one person tweeted.
“They are kids, and kids do not very smart stuff. It does not mean you should shoot them for that.”
Milwaukee police are asking anyone with information to come forward by calling their department at 414-935-7360 or Milwaukee Crime Stoppers at 414-224-8477.
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