Milwaukee men charged in Port Washington shooting

Two men from Milwaukee have been charged after an 18-year-old man was shot inside his car in downtown Port Washington Sunday night. 

Lavander Blanks, 26 and Niyoktron Martin, 21, both face attempted murder charges. 

According to a criminal complaint, the shooting victim was found in the police department parking lot with a gunshot wound in his shoulder. 

He told police he was confronted by two men who knocked on his window with a gun. The victim tried to quickly drive away when one of them fired their gun. He realized he was shot shortly after. 

Police questioned a man who rode past the crime scene, who told officers Blanks had texted him looking for a ride out of Port Washington. 

“Like he would have to wait until tomorrow but I’ll give him 75 I need that ride,” he wrote in the text, according to the criminal complaint. 

Blanks was previously convicted of an armed robbery and was released from prison in 2017. 

Martin was taken into custody at an apartment located at 325 Franklin Street at about 11 a.m. Monday. Police then searched the same apartment and arrested Blanks and found a handgun with an extended magazine. 

Both men face attempted homicide, attempted armed robbery and endangering safety by reckless use of a firearm charges, which together carry a maximum penalty of 90 years behind bars if convicted. 

Martin also faces felony bail jumping and obstructing an officer charges. 

The victim has been treated and released from the hospital. 
 

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