Published On: Sun, Jul 5th, 2015

Tariq Akbar identified as teen shot and killed after Facebook fight

Milwaukee police identifed the 14-year-old boy who was fatally shot in a dispute that started with a fight over a girl on Facebook and confirmed that the “person of interest” is in custody.

Tariq I. Akbar was shot during a dispute related to one group “feuding with another group on Facebook over a girl,” police have said.

Police were called to the scene about 10:30 p.m. Friday, just after a nearby fireworks display ended on Milwaukee’s lakefront. Teams of officers worked to resuscitate the victim and got a pulse, but he died later at Froedert Hospital.

Tariq Akbar

Tariq Akbar

Police Chief Ed Flynn says eight or nine shots were fired. He expressed frustration with the easy access young people have to firearms and their recourse to deadly violence over affronts.

Facebook posters identifying themselves as Akbar’s relatives said the dispute was not over an argument about a girl on social media, but a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Milwaukee police said they “are making progress with the investigation.”

Lt. Mark Stanmeyer, in an email, said Akbar’s brother “was taken into custody for a probation violation” and noted the brother is not the person of interest in the shooting. Police did not identify the brother by name.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said Saturday he shares the frustration of many residents over violence in the city this year.

“Their anger should be directed at whoever had the handgun,” Barrett said. “I want to see where the gun came from.”

The killing happened despite a large police presence in the area, Barrett said, as he attended Saturday’s Fourth of July parade in the Bayview neighborhood.

“There were a lot of police officers in the neighborhood,” the mayor said. “Chief Flynn was less than two blocks away.”




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