Police have released the identity of a 21-year-old would-be carjacker who was shot and killed by his intended victim early Monday.
Police identified the carjacker Tuesday morning as Carlos D. Martin, a convicted felon. Martin was armed with a gun and trying to carjack a 24-year-old man who was heading into work shortly before 6 a.m. Monday, Milwaukee Police Capt. Andra Williams said.
The 24-year-old had a valid concealed carry license and fatally shot Martin
“Before the summer starts, this should be a warning," Williams said. "This should be a wake-up call to everyone in the community that this is not a game."
Johnson urged residents to talk to their loved ones, particularly young men, about their choices.
“That young man didn’t have to die today, he didn’t have to lose his life, but he made a bad decision and he did," Johnson said. “He didn’t have to harm someone else, either."
The topic of concealed carry has drawn heated debate at Milwaukee City Hall in recent months, with Common Council members voting to ban city contractors from carrying firearms to work sites.
Asked about the issue Monday, Johnson said the two issues were "different" and he still believes city employees, except law enforcement, and contractors should not carry firearms.
He also said he didn't necessarily think residents in his district need to arm themselves, saying it is one of the safer areas of the city and "pretty quiet."
Williams said he's often asked by residents how to prevent carjackings.
"The best thing you can do is be aware of your surroundings, be aware of the people that are around you as you go about your day," Williams said.
"You can’t live in fear that something is going to happen to you because Milwaukee actually is quite a safe city and that's something you have to emphasize over and over again," he said.
The bolded part is a sad old tired argument the anti gunners always like to make, that if you chose to be able to defend yourself, that you are somehow "living in fear", when the truth is exactly the opposite. Most of the people I've seen who seem to be living in fear are people who either anti gun or anti C.C.