POLICE are seeking help from the public in identifying a man who is suspected in connection with the murder of Bernell Trammell, a Black Trump supporter who was shot dead outside his own business.
Trammell was reportedly shot by an individual who drove up to his business in Milwaukee on July 23, fired a gunshot and sped off.
Bernell Trammell, 60, was a known supporter of President Donald Trump and spoke his mind[/caption]
The Milwaukee Police Department posted a callout for information on Monday asking for help locating a man seen on a bicycle. “MPD is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect wanted for a homicide that occurred on the 900 block of East Wright Street on Thursday, July 23, 2020, at about 12:30 P.M,” the first tweet read. “The victim of this incident was identified as 60 year old Milwaukee man, Bernell Trammell.” The suspect, the police department continued, is a male in his 30s, 6ft, 200lbs and last seen wearing a white and red baseball cap.
Police released pictures of the suspect[/caption]
MPD tweeted a number of pictures of the man[/caption]
He was shot in broad daylight near his “Vote Trump” banners as cops investigate a “political motive”[/caption]
Trammell was shot in front of his business, Expression Publications[/caption]
The incident happened in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood on Thursday afternoon[/caption]
Bernell Trammell was shot outside his business in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood[/caption]
He was also seen with a black mask covering the lower portion of his face, a black and red long sleeve shirt with white writing on the front, white or light-colored pants, black socks and white shoes. Trammell was a well-known Trump supporter and covered his business with handmade signs including “Vote Donald Trump 2020” and “Re-Elect Trump 2020,” as well as some Bible verses. Trammell spent time campaigning for Trump in front of City Hall in downtown Milwaukee.
Friends described him as kind, thoughtful and a man who practiced what he preached and was not afraid to speak his mind. Trammell also supported the Black Lives Matter movement, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Wisconsin GOP Chairman Andrew Hitt issued the call for a federal probe, Fox News reported.
He said with the general election 99 days away and a primary in two weeks, it is imperative that the community knows if Trammell’s murder was politically motivated.
Trammell’s friend Pia Lombardi said she doesn’t understand why he was killed.
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I’m really angry that my friend was sitting out on the sidewalk and enjoying the sunshine and somebody ambushed him,” Lombardi told local Fox affiliate WITI.
President Trump has not spoken publicly about Trammell’s death.
Meanwhile, the Wisconsin Republican Party have called Trammell’s killing “senseless” and requested a federal investigation into whether it was fueled by dislike for the president.
The incident is still under investigation and the motive of the homicide is “still under determination”, the police added.