Multiple gunshots fired in the 1800 block of Howe Street in Racine on Saturday night led to seven criminal charges filed against an 18-year-old Racine man.
Donterrios F. Bell is charged three felony counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety in a school zone, two misdemeanor counts of obstructing an officer and misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed weapon and receiving stolen property.
The felony charges each carry a maximum fine of $25,000 and 12 years, six months in prison. The four misdemeanor charges each carry a fine of $10,000 and nine months in jail. Because the defendant is charged as a repeat offender, he could receive an additional six years in prison on each of the felony charges and an additional two years for the misdemeanors.
According to the criminal complaint:
After officers with the Racine Police Department heard gunshots, they engaged in a foot pursuit with Bell before he eventually was taken into custody. The defendant told police an unknown male had shot at him and fled in a black Nissan.
Bell said he didn’t have an answer about why he ran from police and stated: “he was scared.”
During the chase, an officer stated the defendant had something in his hands. When they went back to where the pursuit began, they found a television set and a handgun. Police also recovered two different sets of spent shell casings on opposite sides of the street.
A woman later called the police department and stated her vehicle had been struck by gunfire. The woman said she saw two people arguing on opposite sides of the street, and that one of them had a gun. Police determined there were two separate shooters who fired their guns at each other from across the street.
Bell is a known member of the Dirty P street gang. He was not able to legally possess a gun because you have to be 21-years-old to have a concealed carry weapon.
The recovered handgun was reported stolen during a burglary April 23.
Bell is due back in Racine County Circuit Court for a preliminary hearing May 10 at 8:30 a.m.
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