What had initially been characterized as a car crash by the Racine Police Department is being called a shots fired incident that happened at 5th and Main St. at 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

Racine Police found a car riddled with bullet holes crashed into Jan’s Card Shop and into RG Natural Babies store front, a SUV on fire after it crashed into the corner of a building at 5th and Main St., and shell casings on the street. People also reported hearing the sound of gunshots on Main and 8th streets just before the crash. Officials weren’t sure if the two incidents were one of the same, according to a press release by the Racine Police Department.

But now they believe the two incidents are related. No one is in custody at this time.

A 20-year-old man, and 25-year-old man were taken taken to Froedtert Hospital for life threatening injuries.  A 23-year-old woman was also hospitalized, but the severity of her injuries was not disclosed. All three are expected to survive.

A number of people helped the crash victims and police are looking to talk with anyone who saw the crash or may have helped them. Investigators are interested in seeing any video from 10th St. and Washington Ave., eastbound on 10th St. to Main St., and north on Main St. to the crash scene between 2:20 a.m. and 2:45 a.m. Saturday.

Any witnesses, or citizens with information, are urged to call the Racine Police Department Investigations Unit at (262) 635-7756.

You may also contact Crimestoppers with your anonymous tips at (262) 636-9330, or by texting RACS plus the message to CRIMES (274637) and referring to Tipsoft I.D. #TIP417 with your text message.







Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.