A 28-year-old man is dead, and a 21-year-old man is in custody after a shooting Tuesday night on the city’s north side.
Racine police responded at around 10:40 p.m. Tuesday to the 800 block of Yout Street for a report of a shooting. When they arrived, they discovered Romelle Miller, of Racine, dead of a single gunshot wound to the head.
Man in custody Tuesday, charged Wednesday
Isaiah Martinez-Phillips, 21, also of Racine, was taken into custody at the scene and charged Wednesday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony charge of reckless homicide with use of a dangerous weapon and two felony charges of recklessly endangering safety with use of a dangerous weapon. If convicted, he faces up to 85 years in prison or up to $50,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, when officers arrived at the home on Tuesday, Miller was deceased and lying on the living room floor. A revolver and five live rounds were on the living room table. Martinez-Phillips made statements that Miller’s death was all his fault and that he shot his friend in the head accidentally.
Witnesses who were present say Martinez-Phillips emptied the gun of all six bullets before reloading one. He pointed the gun at four of them individually, pulling the trigger each time without the bullet discharging. When Martinez-Phillips pointed the gun at Miller and pulled the trigger, the gun fired, hitting Miller in the head. Miller died on the scene.
Martinez-Phillips was assigned a $25,000 cash bond and will be next in court on Aug. 10 for his preliminary hearing.
Any witnesses, or citizens with information, are urged to call the Racine Police Department Investigations Unit at 262-635-7756. Those who wish to remain anonymous may contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 262-636-9330 or through the Crime Stoppers app or website.
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