Rubberville shooting

Police investigate a shots-fired incident Thursday afternoon in the 3400 block of 17th Street.

cara.spoto@journaltimes.com

RACINE — A man who allegedly fired numerous bullets at four people on a porch in the Rubberville neighborhood on Thursday afternoon was charged Friday in Racine County Circuit Court with nine felonies.

Cecil Watkins, 28, of Apple Valley, Minn., was charged with four counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide with a dangerous weapon and five counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety with the use of a dangerous weapon.

Racine police responded at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday to a report of multiple shots fired at 3416 17th St. According to the criminal complaint, witnesses said a man had fired multiple shots with a handgun from a black Chevrolet Camaro, causing the four people on the porch to rush inside to avoid the gunfire. The rounds struck the front door, several vehicles and residences.

Multiple people were in the street, on sidewalks and neighboring porches at the time, the complaint states. Multiple rounds of spent 9mm shell casings were found in the street.

Investigators learned the shooting was related to a fight that had occurred less than an hour earlier between girls, one of them Watkins’ sister.

A video recording obtained from a system at a neighbor’s home showed the incident unfold. In addition to the four people on the porch at 3416 17th St., at least five people are seen in the street and nearby area as Watkins was allegedly firing a handgun.

Watkins was reportedly identified from a still image from the recording. Further investigation led police to a home in the 800 block of Valerie Court where Watkins was found in an upstairs bedroom. A camouflage knapsack was found containing a 9mm Glock handgun with an empty extended magazine and a separate loaded magazine of 9mm ammunition. The backpack also contained a binder with the name Watkins on the front.

Also reportedly found on the bed where Watkins had been lying was a pair of black jeans with a live round of 9mm ammunition, one which appeared to match the shell casings found at the scene, according to the complaint.

Each count of attempted homicide carries a potential penalty of 40 years in prison. Each count of recklessly endangering safety carries a penalty of up to 7½ years in prison and/or a fine of up to $25,000.

According to online court records, Watkins was being held in the Racine County Jail Friday on a $100,000 cash bond.

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