RACINE – An 18-year-old Racine man stands accused of shooting a 16-year-old boy he mistakenly believed was involved in shooting Eugene Henderson, a 14-year-old boy on March 13.
Xavier Jackson was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, first degree recklessly endangering safety, possession of a firearm, and three counts of bail jumping. If convicted of all charges, Jackson faces up to 138 years in prison and fines up to $80,000 in prison.
He was assigned a $250,000 cash bond Monday in Racine County Circuit Court after being charged for his role in the retaliatory shooting that happen March 20.
Police responded at 7:30 p.m. on March 20 to the 1100 block of Albert Street for a report of a shooting. When officers arrived on scene, they found the victim face down on the pavement suffering from seven gunshot wounds. He was taken by Flight for Life to Children’s Hospital where his condition remains unknown.
Video footage from Albert Street the night of the shooting shows the shooting victim walking down Albert Street with a 6-year-old child when an SUV passed by, then and then stopped. One man wearing a puffy coat and ripped jeans exited the vehicle and started firing immediately at the boys, the complaint continues. The older boy fell to the ground while the younger boy fled the scene. Another suspect exited the SUV and stood over the victim, shooting him multiple times in the back.
Police suspect a third shooter was also present given two additional shots that struck the pavement and appear to have come from inside the vehicle. Because a support post blocked the full view from the camera, officers do not have a description of that suspect, the complaint reads.
Police apprehended Jackson on March 26 in Zion, IL, after the SUV was located at the home of Henderson’s brother. Jackson fled in the vehicle south through Kenosha and into Zion. The SUV had been reported stolen to the Lake County Sheriff’s Department on March 17. Two firearms were recovered along the path of Jackson’s flight, including a .40 caliber Smith and Wesson handgun with a distinctive slide that was most probably used in the March 20 shooting of the teenage boy.
Police believe Jackson targeted the victim because he thought the boy played a role in Henderson’s murder, but the boy is not a gang member and had nothing to do with that shooting.
Jackson will next be in court for his preliminary hearing on April 13. If convicted of all charges from this case – he was charged with four additional felonies for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and three felony counts of bail jumping – Jackson faces up to a life sentence and up to $80,000 in fines.
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