Milwaukee man accused of shooting 4 neighbors, killing one

Leslie Bost

A 57-year-old Milwaukee man has been charged with opening fire on his neighbors’ porch, killing an 82-year-old woman and injuring an 88-year-old woman and two men, ages 85 and 65.

Leslie Bost is not in custody and police released photos of him Thursday and asked for the public’s help in locating him. Anyone with information is asked to contact Milwaukee Police at 414-935-7360. Anonymous tips can be forwarded through Crime Stoppers, at 414-224-Tips or using the P3 Tips app.

Shirley Mallory died in the shooting while Ivory Mallory, Carrie Barnhill and a 65-year-old man identified in the criminal complaint as RLR were injured.

Bost’s sister, who was on the porch with neighbors but was not injured, told police her brother had held a grudge for a long time and was angry with RLR for the work he had done on their home.

Bost has been charged with one count of first-degree murder, use of a dangerous weapon, and four additional counts of recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon. He could spend the rest of his life behind bars if convicted.

The incident occurred on August 24 near West Clarke Street & North 22nd Street in the Amani neighborhood.

According to the criminal complaint:

Bost’s sister told investigators that she lived downstairs in a duplex in the 2600 block of North 22nd Street, while Bost lived upstairs. Despite living in the same flat, she told police she hadn’t spoken to him since the spring.

Bost’s sister arrived home from work around 8:15 p.m. when she noticed her neighbor, Shirley Mallory, out on the porch talking to Barnhill, who Bost’s sister knew well, so she decided to say hello. The three women were then joined by another friend, whom prosecutors refer to as RLR.

While the four people were visiting on the porch, Bost’s sister said her brother came out of the house carrying a plastic grocery bag and walked toward the alley. Bost’s sister assumed her brother was taking out the trash. Bost then returned home without the bag and did not recognize anyone outside.

About ten minutes later, Bost’s sister said she heard several gunshots coming from the direction of her house. She went down and looked and immediately saw that Bost was shooting at them from her front porch.

RLR, who had been visiting the women, decided to run and Bost initially chased him, before returning to his neighbor’s house to shoot more of the women. Bost’s sister then ran to Mallory’s house, passing Ivory Mallory.

Bost’s sister said Ivory Mallory came to the door to see what was going on and when she was running from Ivory Mallory, she saw him fall to the ground, believing he had been shot. Bost’s sister said he ran back to a closet near the back of the house and hid there. He was discovered by police about 10 to 15 minutes later, according to the criminal complaint.

When police arrived, officers discovered Shirley Mallory dead in the front yard. Barnhill was injured and lay on the porch. Ivory Mallory was inside the living room with multiple gunshot wounds to his back. The male friend, RLR, who Bost initially chased, went to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his calf. Bost’s sister was not injured.

Suddenly, while officers were at the scene, an officer noticed smoke coming from Bost’s residence. The Milwaukee Fire Department arrived but were told to leave the scene because the shooter may have been inside.

Deputy Fire Chief Erich Roden said it took about half an hour to put out the fire from a distance, and then no one was in the building.

Police said Tuesday that Bost is suspected of setting the house on fire, but has not been charged with an arson-related offense.

The Journal Sentinel’s Hannah Kirby and Elliot Hughes contributed to this report.

Contact Drake Bentley at (414) 391-5647 or DBentley1@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter at @DrakeBentleyMJS.

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This article originally appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: MPD needs help finding Leslie Bost, accused of shooting neighbors

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