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Man charged in fatal Third Ward shooting

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Posted at 5:23 PM, Dec 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-14 08:15:01-05

MILWAUKEE — The suspect in the Third Ward shooting that took place last weekend has been charged, according to authorities.

On Sunday, Dec. 6 24-year-old Andre Nicholson was shot and killed in Milwaukee's Third Ward after reports of an argument inside a bar. The suspect, 23-year-old Caesar Fuentes, has been charged with first degree reckless homicide, use of a dangerous weapon, in connection to the shooting.

According to the criminal complaint filed, Nicholson and Fuentes got into a physical altercation during a conversation about high school basketball. Witnesses say they heard Fuentes use a racial slur towards Nicholson, who then punched Fuentes. Nicholson left the the bar after being told to do so by staff and security.

Security video showed Fuentes and several other staff members walk outside of the bar and return to the bar moments later. All returned at different times with some returning before and after Fuentes did.

Security footage also showed Fuentes walk back into the bar with an extended firearm magazine visibly sticking out of his pocket. Fuentes was then seen withdrawing his firearm, placing it on the bar for a brief moment before placing it back inside his jacket pocket.

According to the Milwaukee Medical Examiner's Office, Nicholson suffered six gunshot wounds which led to his death. Later on December 6, around 5:30 a.m., Fuentes turned himself in to the police and admitted that he had discharged his firearm in the area of Water Street and Buffalo Street earlier that morning.

If convicted, Fuentes faces up to 65 years in prison.

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