A Milwaukee plumbing worker was shot and killed Tuesday morning, and the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the death as an accidental shooting.
Authorities say the shooting occurred just after 11 a.m. in the 700 block of East Second Street near Wabash Avenue in the city’s West Side neighborhood.
The Milwaukee Fire Department responded to the scene, where they found 41-year-old Michael Sosa suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the torso.
He was transported to the hospital, where he later died.
Sosa was a veteran of the Milwaukee Police Department, according to the department’s website.
According to the Milwaukee Gazette, Sosa was the manager of the plumbing repair business called P.L. Sosa and had been employed for about four years.
He also worked as a handwasher at a local grocery store.
Solutions for Milwaukee plumbing problems have become a major concern in the area, where the average home costs $8,000, according the Gazette.
In 2017, Milwaukee ranked the 17th most expensive city in the U.S. for home repairs, according a report from the National Association of Realtors.
Says the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “The plumbing problem in the neighborhood has been a real problem for a long time.
We need to make sure we have the right infrastructure in place.”
A spokesperson for the Milwaukee Fire and Rescue Department said in a statement that a second worker who was also on the scene died later Tuesday morning at a hospital.
The medical examiner’s office has not released the name of the deceased worker.