RACINE — A male passenger in a car was shot Feb. 14 when an alleged seller of marijuana reportedly realized he had been paid by others with counterfeit money, according to the Racine Police Department.
The alleged dealer, Jerred Townsend, 18, later told police that he wishes he had just “let it go” and that now he has “messed his life up,” although he did not confess to the shooting, Racine Police reported.
According to a criminal complaint:
On Valentine’s Day, the occupants of a vehicle who were with the person later shot, reportedly purchased marijuana from a man — later identified as Townsend, of the 3300 block of Fox Drive, Racine — in the parking lot of a Marathon Gas station at 3024 Rapids Drive.
After the exchange was made, Townsend realized he had been given fake money and started chasing after the car the three individuals were in. He allegedly fired at the vehicle at least three times, striking a passenger.
One of the other people in the vehicle later told someone had been struck by his gunfire and that Townsend had said, “Don’t tell anyone I shot him.”
Racine Police started investigating the case after the person who was shot was transported via Flight for Life to Children’s Wisconsin hospital in Wauwatosa.
An investigator inspected the vehicle the three individuals had been driving in, finding three bullet holes and blood in the backseat.
On Thursday, police executed a search warrant at Townsend’s home. In his bedroom, they reportedly found 174 grams of marijuana, a 9 mm Glock pistol and a .22 caliber AR-style rifle.
Another 139 grams of marijuana was found in a backpack in the home’s basement.
Also in the home, a .22 caliber pistol was found in the bedroom of Garrion More Townsend, 19, with the serial number removed.
The complaint states, “Jarred Townsend was interviewed and admitted to meeting at the Marathon to sell marijuana, being ripped off with fake bills and beginning to chase the vehicle containing the individuals who ripped him off.”
Jarred Townsend went on to say that he “did not recall specifically firing the gun” and that he wished he had just “let it go” and that he “messed his life up,” police said.
Upon interviewing Garrian Townsend, police said that he admitted to smoking marijuana, denied selling it and said he "knew nothing about a shooting.”
Jarred Townsend has been charged with:
- Intent to deliver marijuana, a felony that carries a maximum sentence of 3 years and 6 months of imprisonment;
- Three counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety with use of a dangerous weapon, felonies that carry up to 12 years and 6 months of imprisonment for each count; and
- One count of first-degree reckless injury, a felony that carries a maximum sentence of 25 years of imprisonment.
Garrian Townsend has been charged with:
- Intent to deliver marijuana, a felony that carries a maximum sentence of 3 years and 6 months of imprisonment; and
- Altering identity marks, a misdemeanor that carries a maximum sentence of 9 months of imprisonment.
Both Townsends appeared in court Friday morning.
Jarred Townsend was assigned a cash bond of $25,000. Garrian Townsend was assigned a cash bond of $10,000. They both remained in custody as of Friday afternoon at the County Jail.
Note: The original story incorrectly stated that the shooting victim gave counterfeit money to Jerred Townsend. The article has been corrected.
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