Two Racine teenagers are facing attempted first degree homicide charges after Racine police say they shot another boy Wednesday at the Racine Transit Center on State Street.
Lamont Koker, 17, and Naceir Mayes, 15, were charged Friday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count each of attempted first degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon. Koker was also charged with misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon. If convicted of all charges he faces up to almost 61 years in prison and/or up to $10,000 in fines.
Mayes was also charged with additional felonies; one count each of possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm by a felon. If convicted, he faces up to 73-1/2 years in prison and/or up to $35,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, officers were called at noon Wednesday to the transit center, 1409 State Street, for a report of shots fired. When police arrived, they found a 17-year-old boy sitting on a bench who was going in and out of consciousness and was suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. Rescue crews arrived and transported the boy to the hospital.
Police say they recovered a 22-caliber shell casing at the scene, and that both Koker and Mayes were located on the 6th Street bridge west of Marquette. Koker threw a 22-caliber gun over the bridge, but Mayes was found with a .22 long gun in his possession. Additionally, Mayes had nine individually wrapped baggies containing a total of 19.6 grams of marijuana.
The firearm officers say belonged to Koker was recovered by the Racine County Sheriff’s Department Dive Team.
During questioning, Mayes admitted he and Koker were members of the Dirty P gang and they’d had “negative contact” with the victim who is a member of rival gang NFL (Northside for Life), the complaint reads. Mayes also admitted to having felony charges against him as a juvenile and that he obtained the .22 long gun three days before the shooting in a robbery he set up. The bullets used in the shooting had been stolen from Walmart.
Officers say a third gang member joined Mayes and Koker and urged the pair not to confront the victim, but they did. Despite the boy not making any threatening statements or brandishing a weapon in their direction, Mayes fired first, and pulled the trigger a second time, but the gun jammed. Koker also fired, but Mayes told police he didn’t know if the victim had been hit once or twice.
Mayes admitted to police that he and Koker ran from the scene along Randolph Street and west on 6th Street where they were apprehended by police, the complaint reads. Mayes admitted to selling marijuana to anyone who will buy it.
Police attempted to question Koker, but he wouldn’t talk.
Investigators say the boy suffered a single gunshot wound to the left side of his chest but there was evidence that he was shot at twice because of a graze mark on the left sleeve of his sweatshirt.
Both Koker and Mayes were assigned $500,000 cash bonds at their initial appearances Friday. They will both be in court Jan. 28 for their preliminary hearings.
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