Green Bay shooting sparks conversation about gun violence being a public health crisis

Thursday night shooting on Chicago St. in Green Bay 2018. (WLUK/Amber Luckett)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- Green Bay police are investigating a Thursday night shooting that left a man injured on the city's east side.

"About 11:30 p.m. our officers got a phone call about multiple gun shots. About that same time or shortly after we got a call from a local hospital of a male arriving with a gun shot wound, it was obviously a result of that particular incident," said Capt. Jeremy Muraski from the Green Bay Police Department.

The man is expected to survive, but police are still seriously investigating the shooting. Capt. Muraski said this is the 17th shooting around Green Bay this year.

"One shooting is too many. We've been very lucky this year that there haven't been any fatalities, but we can't count on that to continue," said Muraski.

This shooting, and more than a dozen others this year, are an example of shootings increasing around the country.

A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suggests there are more than 27,000 homicides involving a fire-arm each year.

"Guns are a part of our society and I don't think they should be banned. But if you have one you should be responsible for it," said Dr. Ray Georgen, a trauma surgeon at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Neenah. "You have a patient that is fighting for their life most of the time and you have to do what you have to do to save that persons' life," he explained.

Dr. Georgen also said the recent shooting in Green Bay should be alarming to everyone, and should be viewed as a public health crisis.

"Everyone in the community should be a part of the solution and not the problem," said Dr. Georgen.

Police believe Thursday night's shooting is connected to other recent shootings around the city.

They're asking anyone with information to contact Green Bay Police (920)- 448-3200.

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