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Suspect now facing homicide charge in broad daylight shooting, still on the loose

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Posted at 11:45 AM, May 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-07 12:45:44-04

Charges have now been filed against a man accused of killing another man who was stopped at a red light on Milwaukee's south side.

Milwaukee Police say 23-year-old Victor Cintron Jr. shot and killed 22-year-old Jose Rodriguez near 27th and Hayes on Friday afternoon.

According to a criminal complaint, Cintron is now charged with first-degree intentional homicide, a Class A felony, and could face life in prison if convicted. Cintron is also charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, a Class B felony. Police are still looking for him.

An autopsy found Rodriguez was shot eight times and also had a graze wound to the scalp. His death has been ruled as a homicide by the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office.

The victim's girlfriend, Lexi Rivera, told TODAY'S TMJ4 she was in the car with Rodriguez when shots were fired Friday. She tells us Rodriguez died saving her and an unborn baby.

"He just looked at me and covered me. That's it. Just said 'babe' and threw himself over me," Rivera said.

Rivera says Cintron is her ex-boyfriend and is the father of her son. She says he was the one who pulled the trigger.

Investigators spotted 21 9 mm shell casings at the crime scene, according to the complaint. Officers believe all of the shell casings were from the same weapon.

Cintron is still on the loose. Call the Milwaukee Police Department if you have any information.