MPD confiscates weapons around campus

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The effective fatality radius and casualty-producing-radius of an M67 fragmentation grenade are five meters and 15 meters, respectively.  That is quite larger than your average bullet.

In the last seven weeks — on the 1100 block of South 19th Street alone, just across the 16th Street Bridge — 11 guns, including a grenade launcher, have been confiscated as a part of the Milwaukee Police Department’s crackdown on drug and gun violence.

The increased efforts began when violence escalated between two rival gangs in the area, putting the neighborhood at risk, Police Chief Edward Flynn told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Flynn also said the launcher was associated with a Greendale home break-in, but police are unsure of how it was used.

Despite these weapon confiscations occurring within walking distance of Marquette, none of the weapons were ever reported as being seen on campus.  However, it serves as a reminder to students that the university is in an inner city, urban setting and caution should be exercised.

Lt. Paul Mascari of the Department of Public Safety stressed the importance of students remembering the lessons they learned about safety as freshmen.

“Anytime there’s weapons seized, there’s cause for concern,” Mascari said.  “Students should continue to keep being cautious when traveling.  Don’t walk alone at night, call us if you see anything and take LIMOs.”

Cathryn Krier, a junior in the College of Engineering who lives near the outskirts of campus, said she had some concerns about the weapons being so close, but still felt safe.

“I work at 6:45 a.m. and usually walk to work in the dark and sometimes home alone from a long night studying,” Krier said.  “Although it is pretty frightening that someone could have that many guns, I see DPS cars constantly driving by my house, never had any problem with people from the area and know all my neighbors.”

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