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Arrest warrant issued for gas station murder

Arrest warrant issued for gas station murder

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RACINE -- An arrest warrant has been drawn up for the man police believe shot and killed 21-year-old Darvin Martin Sunday at a local gas station.

Racine police are seeking assistance in locating Steven M. Crawford of Racine, who is wanted on charges of first-degree intentional homicide.

Since the Sunday shooting at Total 24 gas station, 930 Washington Ave., which left Martin dead and two other men injured, investigators have been searching for Crawford. They have contacted many of his relatives and executed a search warrant at a home on 3 Mile Road Monday.

"We have checked several locations, which included a search warrant, with negative results," said Sgt. Al Days, a spokesman for the department. "We cannot locate him."

Crawford has a criminal history that includes misdemeanor charges such as obstructing and traffic violations. He was sentenced to jail in August 2000 on drug charges. In February, he was sent to jail again on a charge of not reporting to jail.

Police Capt. Carl Pavilonis said the Sunday homicide followed an argument between two men that erupted into a fistfight. Crawford, who was friends with one of the men fighting, allegedly pulled out a gun and began shooting. Martin was shot and killed.

Cedric Anderson, 18, was reportedly shot in the back, right arm and right leg. Shawnte Williams, 26, was grazed by a bullet in the left thigh. Both men were treated at St. Mary's Medical Center and released.

Pavilonis said none of the three men were the intended targets of the gunfire. In fact, Crawford and all three of his victims are affiliated with the Gangster Disciples gang, Pavilonis said.

Police have said it was fortunate that more people were not injured in the shooting, as about 100 to 150 people were at Total 24 Sunday morning when the gunfire began. Two officers who were called to the gas station for the fistfight were on the scene when Crawford allegedly began shooting.

The officers found Martin's body and Anderson and Williams lying wounded in the parking lot.

Following Sunday's fatal shooting, police responded to a report of gunshots in the 1500 block of Ann Street. Reports said intruders kicked a door in at an Ann Street home and demanded to know where a relative of the occupant was. Later, officers were called to the 1900 block of Prospect Street for another report of shots being fired.

Police said both shootings were in retaliation for the homicide. No one was hurt in either incident, but police are worried that the Sunday homicide may lead to other injuries or deaths.

Police said they hope to find Crawford soon to put an end to the gunfire. Anyone with information on Crawford's whereabouts is asked to call Investigator Bill Warmington at 635-2884, or to call in anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers at 636-9330.

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