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Video released: 16-year-old in Racine shot several times, in critical condition

Posted at 12:44 PM, Mar 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-22 18:28:35-04

RACINE, Wis. — Surveillance video caught by a nearby home shows the exact moment a 16-year-old was gunned down near Albert and Marquette street Sunday night in Racine.

A neighbor shared the above doorbell camera footage with us. We have zoomed and blurred the video.

Racine police said in a statement that when first responders arrived, they found the teen suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was brought to Ascension Medical Center and then via Flight for Life to Milwaukee.

No one is in custody in connection to the shooting, police said.

"This has to stop," said Racine Police Chief, Maurice Robinson.

A neighbor too afraid to show her face on camera or give her name, recalls the terrifying moments.

"We heard the gunshots and I hit the ground and got my dog to go down. He didn't move. We didn't know if he was alive or dead or anything."

She says the teen was walking with his family when two people pulled up and jumped out of a car, shooting at the teen multiple times before taking off.

"The mom was screaming, she kept saying my baby, my baby, my baby just got shot."

"We are still tracking down the who, the what, and I also want to know the why. What makes someone want to shoot a 16-year-old so desperately that you shoot over the head of a 6-year-old," said Chief Robinson.

It's a disturbing trend Racine police say they're seeing in the city. A week earlier, a 14-year-old was shot and killed.

"It's actually a continuation of what we were experiencing in the middle of the end of last summer. When you've got young people with poor impulse control and a firearm, there's never going to be a good outcome," said Robinson.

In response to the uptick in violence, police say they're trying to ramp up their outreach efforts by partnering with local organizations to engage with the youth. But they say they can't do it alone and are calling on the community for help.

"We're talking about young lives and wasted potential. All these peers of influence have to tell these young people that there is a better way of dealing with the disagreements rather than picking up a firearm," said Robinson.

Police say they're still looking for the suspects involved in the shooting of the 16-year-old. As for the 14-year-old that was shot and killed last week, they're now offering a $1,000 reward for anyone that has information on the murder.

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