RACINE — A man died early Saturday morning after being shot Downtown, according to police.
Racine police responded at 1:16 a.m. for a call of a shot fired in the 300 block of Main Street, according to a news release. They found a 21-year-old male victim suffering from a gunshot wound.
The man was taken to Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints hospital, 3801 Spring St., where he was later pronounced dead. His identity has not been released.
Doug Nicholson, owner of the nightclub Envi, 316 Main St., said that just after the shooting a man ran down the street to Envi, told his doorman there had been a shooting, and personnel at the nightclub called police.
About 8 a.m. Saturday, the crime scene was still blocked off and being processed, with a police evidence van and an unmarked car parked nearby. White chalk markings on the street indicated the apparent location of the shooting, in front of 306 Main St.
Police were allowing business people to get through the scene to their businesses.
After police finished processing the crime scene and left, Monte Osterman, owner-operator of Osterman Granite & Marble, 300 Main St., came out about 9 a.m. to mop up the marks on the street, remnants of the crime and investigation.
“I just don’t think that needs to be a constant reminder,” he said. Osterman, also a Racine County supervisor, said he also cleaned up “out of respect for the victim. Because you know (friends and family members) are going to be around, putting out memorials.”
“Ninety-nine point nine percent of the stuff that goes on Downtown is all positive,” Osterman commented. But he said when something bad happens it gets “sensationalized,” tarnishing Downtown’s reputation.
The homicide investigation is ongoing.
While canvassing area businesses for security video during this investigation, investigators learned that potentially useful information was captured on cameras at The Journal Times. The Journal Times is withholding the video and its details at the request of police, in order to not hinder the ongoing investigation.
Racine Police investigators are interested in any additional information about this incident. You are urged to call the Racine Police Department Investigations Unit at 262-635-7756.
You may also contact Crimestoppers at 262-636-9330, or by texting RACS plus the message to CRIMES (274637) and referring to Tipsoft I.D. #TIP417 with your text message.