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Man shoots driver in head, steals car with child inside, according to police

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Posted at 8:37 AM, Jan 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-15 10:35:15-05

A man has been charged after shooting another man in the head and then carjacking his vehicle with a 2-year-old child inside.

Joshua Christian was meeting with a friend and former co-worker, as well as that man's girlfriend and her 2-year-old nephew on Jan. 7, according to police. Christian owed the man $40, and was also going to reprogram his Fire Stick, according to the criminal complaint.

Christian met the three people in a vehicle outside his house, and sat in the backseat next to the 2-year-old child. The woman inside the vehicle handed Christian the Fire Stick and in return, Christian was supposed to hand her $60, according to the complaint. At that point, Christian shot his friend/co-worker in the back of the head and the woman started screaming hysterically and exited the vehicle.

The man who was shot turned around and saw Christian pointing a black small caliber gun at the back of his head and then exited the vehicle and fled from the scene, during which time he heard two to three more gunshots.

Christian then drove away with the vehicle that still had the 2-year-old child inside, while the woman made it to a neighboring house and called police.

Police were dispatched to the Walmart at 7025 West Main Street in Milwaukee where a different caller told them a man had intentionally left a child at the store. Officers later located the child in the Loss Prevention Office, as well as video depicting the suspect, child and suspected vehicle.

The man who was shot was able to make it to a nearby store after the shooting and was taken to the hospital by his mother.

Officers located the vehicle, a black Nissan Sentra, two days later near North 48th and West Chambers streets. They found the vehicle to have a single bullet hole in the front driver's side window, as well as a liquid substance in the front interior and a bottle of bleach on the ground outside.

From there, officers spoke with a friend of Christian's who said he admitted to the crimes mentioned above.

Christian is charged with attempt first degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon, operating vehicle without owner's consent (armed jacking) and possession of a firearm by a felon. A preliminary hearing will be held sometime next week.

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