When Milwaukee police responded to reports of a murder in the early hours of Monday morning, they found a dead body at the scene of an attempted carjacking. Carlos D. Martin, a young man who had allegedly tried to rob a man on his way into work, had been fatally shot by his intended victim. “This is the worst thing that could possibly happen to someone,” MPD Capt. Andra Williams said.
Around 5:50 a.m. on February 26, 2018, Milwaukee police were called to the 8800 block of W. Fond du Lac Avenue. Carlos D. Martin had been shot near Milwaukee MachineTool Corporation in what appeared to be a carjacking gone wrong.
It’s alleged that 21-year-old Martin, who was armed, attempted to rob a 24-year-old man who was on his way into work. The intended victim pulled out his own gun and fatally shot Martin.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Martin has a criminal record with convictions for felony battery and burglary. The man he allegedly attempted to rob has not yet been identified.
Police are looking for a second vehicle that might have been involved in the attempted carjacking, described as a green Chrysler Pacifica.
The 24-year-old shooter is cooperating with the police investigation. He had a concealed carry permit for the firearm used in the incident.
Milwaukee Reacts to Carlos D. Martin’s Death
Area residents, workers, and business owners are afraid of the rise of carjackings and vehicle thefts in the area. They also expressed sadness over Carlos D. Martin’s death, even though most said the 24-year-old was within his rights to protect himself.
“I think it’s a tragic situation. It’s sad,” a local woman named Kinyata Hendriex told TMJ4.
At a news conference, local Alderman Cavalier Johnson said, “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 wants Milwaukee youth and their parents to get the message that carjacking and similar types of crime are something to be taken seriously.
“This isn’t live-action ‘Grand Theft Auto,’” he said, “You don’t re-spawn after you’re dead.”
Capt. Andra Williams of the Milwaukee Police Department was on the same page. “A lot of young people think that this is a game and it’s just only fun. This is not fun,” Williams said.