A $100,000 cash bond was set for Romero Ellison, one of five men charged with attempted homicide in a shootout on Main Street that ended in a fiery crash.
Romero Ellison, 22, of Racine, was charged with four felony counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide, and six counts of first degree recklessly endangering safety. All of the counts carry a party to a crime and repeater enhancements. If convicted of all charges, Ellison faces up to life in prison and up to $150,000 in fines.
Four others — Larry Ellison Jr., George Malone III, Lushious Hand, and Delvin Hoard — were charged in February along with Romero.
Romero was first charged in February, but those charges were dropped in June. New charges were issued on July 7. A first appearance was held Wednesday where probable cause was found, a warrant was canceled and an amended complaint was filed.
According to a criminal complaint by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office, Racine Police were called on Feb. 6, 2016 to a report of a car crash with injuries.
Romero, Larry Jr. and Hand went to a bar then drove in a Lincoln SUV to Popeye’s restaurant at 9th St. and Washington Ave.
In a Buick, Hoard gave Malone a .380 caliber gun and told him that he “did not have to use it, but if someone tried to do something to them it was a viable option.”
At Popeye’s, the Buick got caught in traffic after Romero pinned them in with the Lincoln he was driving. Malone, who was driving the Buick, started arguing with Romero. While the two argued, someone inside the Lincoln fired two shots at the Buick. Malone got away, but Romero gave chase and continued to fire eight or nine rounds at the Buick as they traveled down 10th and Main streets. The passengers in both cars continued to exchange gunfire.
Hoard told police he “fired the gun four times out of the sunroof in trying to get the white SUV (Lincoln)” to stand down, according to the complaint.
Racine Police found a silver Buick riddled with bullet holes crashed into the RG Natural Babies store front, a Lincoln SUV on fire after it crashed into the corner of a building at 5th and Main St., and shell casings on the street on Feb. 6. People also reported hearing the sound of gunshots on Main and 8th streets just before the crash.
When police started to investigate, they found that no one was inside the Buick.
Romero was found lying in the street near the Lincoln. A passerby was doing CPR on him. And his brother, Larry Ellison had blood pouring down his face. Officials with Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Hospital told police that Romero had a brain bleed and he was in a medically induced coma. Larry had a broken hip and leg.
A female passenger in the Buick had suffered a gunshot to her hip. She told police that Charlie Nunn had just given her a ride to work and he was in the back seat with her in the Buick.
She, however, left the scene, called for a ride and went to work so she wouldn’t lose her job. The woman didn’t realize she was shot until after she got to work. She then went to the hospital.
Hand, a passenger in the Lincoln, was found near the State Street Bridge and brought in for questioning. He told police there were four people inside the Lincoln: Romero, Larry, himself and Malone. Hand told the police that he did walk away from the crash, but he “denied knowing who shot from the vehicle,” according to the criminal complaint.
Romero is expected to be in court for a preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Editor’s note: This version of the story corrects the earlier version to reflect that Romero, Larry Jr. and Hand were in the Lincoln; that Hoard gave Malone the gun and that Malone was driving the Buick. Racine County Eye regrets the error.