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RACINE, WI – A man was charged with attempted intentional homicide for shooting his ex-girlfriend in the head.

David Cunningham Jr., 28, of Racine, was charged Thursday by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with attempted first-degree intentional homicide and possession of a firearm by a felon.

If convicted of both charges, Cunningham Jr. faces up to 75 years in prison and/or fines up to $25,000.

According to the criminal complaint, officers with the Racine Police Department were called to a report of a shooting Sunday at 3009 Bates Street. When they arrived, they found a woman struck in the head by gunfire. In critical condition, the woman was taken to Ascension-All Saints Hospital then transported by Flight for Life to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee.

Officers had to forcibly remove Cunningham from the scene so that rescue personnel could treat the woman. They then took him to the police station for questioning. Initially, he told police that “some, unknown party had run up into the house, shot his girlfriend and then fled the residence.” But then he changed his story saying he didn’t know what happened because he was in the bedroom.

Witnesses told police they saw a couple leaving the home after the shooting happened. After they left, they also told police that Cunningham was screaming on the porch for help.

During questioning, the woman who was inside the home with another man told police that she didn’t see the shooting. But she was inside the home for a party where they were drinking heavily. She knew Cunningham from work. He picked her up so that they could drink together. They then went to his ex-girlfriend’s house for a party. The woman was playing video games when Cunningham and the woman began to fight in the bedroom.

(The woman) said that shortly after (another party) arrived, Cunningham was acting jealous over (his ex-girlfriend), “causing her to believe that he liked her and was possessive over her,” the complaint reads.

The fight escalated and Cunningham began to physically assault his estranged girlfriend. The woman and another person attending the party continued to play video games. Cunningham and his ex-girlfriend came out of the bedroom. The woman realized that both Cunningham and his ex-girlfriend had guns. Continuing to talk and argue, the woman said she heard the gun go off and she knew it was a gunshot.

Cunningham was trying to get down on the floor to cradle his ex-girlfriend. He screamed at the woman and the man, telling them that they better leave because the police were coming.

The woman’s condition is considered grave, but she has shown minor improvement.

Racine County Court Commissioner John Bjelajac set a cash bond of $250,000. A preliminary hearing has been set for 9 a.m. Aug. 29.

Editor’s note: This story removes the reference to the two people pointing guns at one another. 

Denise Lockwood

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.