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Teen allegedly fires at kids playing hoops

June 16, 2016

RACINE — A Racine teen out on bail is facing four felony charges for firing several rounds during an alleged gang-related incident Monday afternoon in the 1600 block of Charles Street.

Deon P. Downs, 18, of the same block of Charles Street, appeared in Racine County Circuit Court Wednesday facing four counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety as a repeat offender, possession of a firearm by a felon, and four counts of bail jumping in connection with the incident that occurred at about 3:30 p.m. Monday.

Various witnesses told police they saw or heard gun shots and saw Downs running up and down the street, the complaint said.

At one point, witnesses said Downs stood on a porch on Charles Street and fired multiple rounds from a black handgun at a group of kids playing basketball, the complaint said. He also fired two or three more shots beyond that and neighbors said they heard bullets whiz by, the complaint said.

The shooting reportedly stemmed from an earlier argument Downs had with a male who confronted Downs, who police identified as a member of the Dirty P gang, the complaint said.

Downs told police two individuals walked up to his house on Charles Street and started to “trash him,” the complaint said. The individuals said they were “calling their squad” and a short time later a vehicle arrived with four men, the complaint said.

One of the men had a .45 caliber handgun and stood in the street arguing with Downs, the complaint said. A friend of Downs handed Downs a .22 handgun, and he returned fire only after the man with the .45 shot at him, the complaint said.

At the time of the incident, Downs was out on bond for a pending theft case in 2015, the complaint said. He was released on bond in March and was ordered not to engage in any illegal activity, the complaint said.

Downs was in the Racine County Jail on Wednesday, jail records showed. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 22, court records showed.