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Five people shot near State and Prospect in Racine

Macrin Mercado was sleeping when a barrage of gunfire outside her home woke her up. "When I opened the window I saw one boy in one car shooting, a lot of times."
Posted at 8:20 AM, Aug 26, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-26 19:13:16-04

RACINE, Wis. — The Racine Police Department said it's investigating after five people were shot Friday morning.

Officials said the shooting happened around 2:30 a.m. near State and Prospect.

Four males and one female were shot. Three of those victims were taken to a Milwaukee hospital. The Racine Police Department said their conditions are unknown at this time.

Macrin Mercado was sleeping when a barrage of gunfire outside her home woke her up.

"When I opened the window I saw one boy in one car shooting, a lot of times," she said.

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Five people shot near State and Prospect in Racine

It wasn't until Friday morning when she noticed flat tires on her son's car from a stray bullet.

In a nearby neighbor's security footage we obtained you can hear people shouting, moments later you hear police sirens.

So far this year, police say eight people have been murdered in Racine. Recent data we've obtained show that's more than in the last two years combined.

For residents like Mercado and Rory Howell who've both lived in the area for years, they're frustrated at the spike in violence.

"The last two years have been rough and tough, this last summer especially," Howell stated.

Howell was already on edge when a bullet went into his home twice this summer, narrowly missing his wife's head.

After the recent shooting, he's stepping up.

"Just this morning I'm working on getting a neighborhood watch program going," Howell stated.

He's hopeful his neighbors will join him in making the area safer.

"I'm hoping we can start changing things around here," he said.

Now, the police department is asking anyone with information on this shooting to contact the investigation unit at 262-635-7756. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 262-636-9330.

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