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Two Racine teens are accused of attempted homicide after they shot a man multiple times on Tuesday.

The man remains in critical condition.

Two charged with attempted homicide

Darius Byers, 19, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with attempted first degree intentional homicide, armed robbery with use of force, and maintaining a drug trafficking place. If convicted of all charges, Byers faces up to 103 years six months in prison and fines up to $110,000.

Marco Machado Jr., 17, was charged with attempted first degree intentional homicide, armed robbery, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and four counts of bail jumping. If convicted of all charges, Machado Jr. faces up to 104 years six months in prison and fines up to $146,000. 

Man shot multiple times

According to the criminal complaint, investigators with the Racine Police Department were called to a report of a shooting that happened Tuesday at 1224 Villa St. The victim told police he was arguing with Byers and Machado over bond money when Byers shot him multiple times. The man suffered from wounds to his chest, shoulder, right hip, left him, right forearm and right bicep. He was taken by Flight for Life to Froedtert Hospital.

He told police Machado Jr., who was present during the shooting, took the keys to his 2006 BMW, and $500 in cash. The man’s car registration and cell phone were also left at the apartment.

Police searched the residence. They found gem bags, measuring spoons, razor blades and a white powdery substance, which tested positive for the presence of cocaine. Machado was arrested during a traffic stop on Wednesday where they found 3.6 grams of cocaine, 2.1 grams of marijuana and the man’s cell phone.

Preliminary hearing set

Machado Jr. and Byers are being held at the Racine County Jail on a $100,000 cash bond. A preliminary hearing was set for 9 a.m. Sept. 14 in front of Racine County Felony Court Judge Mark Nielsen.




Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.