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Milwaukee police OK'ed for 'Shot Spotter' technology

MILWAUKEE, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Governor Scott Walker will sign a bill today to help Milwaukee Police learn when-and-where gunshots are being fired on a real-time basis. A bill-signing ceremony is scheduled at a police station, where the Republican Walker will approve $175,000 to expand the city's "Shot-Spotter" program.

Right now the program's equipment alerts officers when shots are fired in a radius of three square miles. The new funding will expand the zone to ten square miles.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Police Chief Ed Flynn also plan to use the occasion to repeat their call for tighter state gun laws. They said the accidental shooting of a two-year-old boy while he was watching cartoons on Wednesday night again highlights the need to get guns out of criminals' hands. The toddler was wounded when somebody fired a shot from an alley into a north side home. Flynn said the incident appears to involve retaliation against recent residents of the house -- not the current ones. The boy's family said he was about to have a second operation, but he's alert and his prognosis appears to be good.

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