Students participating in a Zoom class were sent into a panic when they heard what sounded like gunfire going off mid-lesson, prompting their teacher to phone 911.
When authorities responded to the home in Milwaukee, Wisc., they discovered Michelle Blackmon dead in the kitchen, WISN-12 reported. Police said the slaying on Friday came after the 52-year-old victim had an argument with her brother, Mario Stokes, who turned himself in to authorities shortly after the shooting.
Stokes made his initial court appearance on Tuesday and is facing one count of first-degree reckless homicide and possession of a firearm by a felony.
According to an incident report by the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office, a child was home at the time of the shooting and in a virtual lesson. The student’s teacher in an emergency call told officers she heard gunfire coming from the home during her class.
She told officers she, too, heard the gunfire and then watched her brother leave the house a short time later, WISN-12 reported.
From there, police said Stokes walked a few blocks from him home to the Milwaukee District 4 police station and told officers that “his sister no longer existed.” The 45-year-old shooter added that “he did it, and that he used a .380”
A search of the residence turned up a .380 Smith & Wesson handgun as well as several spent casings, according to WISN.
Court records from 2014 show that Stokes was found “guilty — but not guilty due to mental disease or defect” to disorderly conduct and possessing a gun by a felon charges, the local Patch reported.
Students in Zoom lesson overhear fatal shooting of woman in Wisconsin
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