It’s somewhat of a miracle that a Racine teenager isn’t facing more serious charges after police say he fired a gun several times Monday into the air and in the direction of where children were playing.

Deon Downs, 18, was charged Wednesday in Racine County Circuit Court with four felony counts of first degree recklessly endangering safety; two felony counts of bail jumping; and one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon as well as two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping. If convicted of all charges, he could face up to 73-1/2 years in prison and/or up to $165,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, officers were called Monday to the 1600 block of Charles Street for a report of shots fired. When police arrived, they spoke with a woman who said Downs had been in an altercation with a group of other young men. The woman said she attempted to diffuse the situation, but the young men were too aggressive so she went home.

Police say the woman saw a car driving slowly down the street, and someone inside displayed a handgun but didn’t fire any shots. A few moments later, the woman said she heard shots and observed Downs running north on Charles before getting into a car and leaving the area.

Witnesses told officers they heard three shots and heard someone yell, “Put the gun away!” They also Downs holding a black handgun when he stepped off the porch of a home and fired in the direction of a group of kids playing basketball. Another witness said they saw kids running south on Charles, according to the criminal complaint, and heard people yelling at someone to put their gun away and asking why that person was shooting at them. This same person said they heard the bullets whiz past them and strike metal objects somewhere else.

Officers say they spoke with Downs who confirmed he is a member of the Dirty P gang on the south side but now he lives on the north side. Two subjects approached him in front of his house, and then a car pulled up with several additional individuals inside. One of these subjects pulled out a .45 handgun, but another car pulled up with friends of Downs, one of whom handed him a .22. The person holding the .45 fired in Downs’ direction, so he returned fire, then got into his friends’ car and left the area.

Investigators found a .22 casing, the location of which matched witness statements about what happened, the complaint reads.

Downs remains in the Racine County Jail on a $50,000 cash bond. He will next be in court June 22 for his preliminary hearing.

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