A number of witnesses have reported hearing gun shots just before a car crash, seeing two cars speeding side by side down Main St., and a person inside a SUV shooting at the other car just prior to the Saturday morning crash.

Main Street was shut down between Fourth and Seventh streets following a fiery crash for hours as police investigated what was a witnesses called a shootout that happened over the course of several blocks on Main Street, which resulted in both cars crashing into buildings

Two people were taken to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

A photo obtained by the Racine County Eye shows a bullet casing found at the scene. However, a press release by the Racine Police Department did not mention those details.

Kristy Brietchaft, spokesperson for the Racine Police Department, said the crash remains under investigation and they would not be releasing any more information at this time.

“I am hopeful to have something additional out by next week, maybe even this week,” she said.

Other sources, who did not want to named, said they saw the SUV and car speeding side-by-side down Main Street. A man, hearing a bullet hit a lamp-post, saw the other car going into oncoming traffic. He hid behind the statue at Memorial Square.

A woman, who did not want to be named, said she woke up to the sound of gunshots at about 2:35 p.m. Sunday. She lives near the 800 block of Main Street.

“It sounded like a bunch of fire crackers going off. Two different rounds,” she said.






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