An 18-year-old man was shot to death Wednesday night in the 1900 block of Prospect Street.

The name of the man has not been released pending notification of family members, according to a press release by the Racine Police Department.

On Wednesday, Racine Police responded to the 1900 block of Prospect Street for calls of gun shots being heard in the area. Officers arrived in the area and located a victim suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim died at the scene.

The victim has been identified as Vyshonn Avitia, 18.

RPD stated that the investigation is active and closed off from the public. The department asks ask that people stay from the area until the scene is released by investigators. Any additional details on the incident will be given in an updated release Friday.

Racine Police investigators are interested in any additional information that anyone may have about this crime. Any witnesses, or citizens with information, are urged to call the Racine Police Department Investigations Unit at 262-635-7756 or contact Investigator Rasmussen at 262-635-7774.

Those who wish to remain anonymous may contact Crime Stoppers at (262-636-9330, or text 274637 (CRIMES). Text message should begin with RACS.

Officers were called to the area after a report of gunshots being heard in the area. When they arrived, they found a man “suffering from a gunshot wound.” The man died at the scene.

Those who wish to remain anonymous may contact Crime Stoppers at (262) 636-9330, or text 274637 (CRIMES). Text message should begin with RACS.


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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.