RACINE — As the investigation into the shooting death of 20-year-old Dashaun Jordan continues, another arrest related to the case was made Monday by Racine police.
Police Sgt. Adam Malacara confirmed late Monday that a person of interest has been picked up in the case, but the person’s name and the level of involvement was not released to the media.
Jordan, also known as “2-3” by his friends, was found shot to death just before midnight Aug. 6 in an alley south of 16th Street between Phillips and Murray Avenues.
The next day, 17-year-old Rytrell Earl was arrested and charged with first-degree intentional homicide as a party to a crime and four counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide as a party to a crime.
Police say Jordan was shot in a drive-by shooting when Earl, a known gang member, thought Jordan was a member of a rival gang. Jordan had no gang ties, according to police.
Less than half a block away from the shooting site, concerned residents joined the Third District Concerned Citizens Neighborhood Watch group meeting Monday night at the Polzin Community Policing House, 1900 16th St., for an update on the homicide and other news.
During the meeting — the first of the organization since the homicide — Community Policing Unit Officer Tim Cisler announced the arrest.
Ed Miller, executive director of Racine Revitalization Partnership, asked if the vacant house near the crime was a concern for police.
“It seems like all these gun crimes occur around vacant houses. The trouble occurs because there is no neighbors around to call these things in and report criminal activity,” Miller said.
Cisler said there are vacant properties in problem neighborhoods, but there is more at work when it comes to the cause of violent crimes.
“The (Jordan) homicide did not occur at the vacant house,” Cisler said.
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Role of cameras
According to the criminal complaint, neighborhood cameras that captured the image of the suspect’s vehicle was a key factor in the arrest. Cameras are something Cisler said can be used for “suppression” of crime.
“Our camera truck does suppress shots fired calls. It’s been an effective tool. People know that they (cameras) are out there. You can focus in an area to better assist police. (But) alleys are tough,” Cisler said.
Susan Feehrer, program director for the Racine Neighborhood Watch Inc., asked residents to register their home security systems to help out police with a network of private cameras so investigators can use images to solve crimes.
“When you register your camera with the Police Department the only time they will contact you is if there is an issue in your neighborhood and they may want to view any camera that you have. It saves time,” Feehrer said.
Jordan’s homicide investigation started with a call from a resident reporting shots fired in the area, according to police. Neighborhood Watch block captain Amanda Hipper said residents need to partner with the police to stop crime like Jordan’s homicide.
“We’re not resigned to it. We’re realistic about it. We know crime is happening and we have wonderful police officers protecting us, but not enough of them to go around. We can’t put it all on the Police Department. There is not enough of them. There is only so much you can do,” Hipper said.
As the neighborhood heals from the act of random violence, the alley where Jordan died has become a memorial to him that is growing nightly.
Some neighbors who live along the alley have joined in on the nightly vigils, lighting candles of their own as the graffiti messages of love and support for Jordan have been scrolled on the brick walls up and down the alley between 16th and 17th streets.
Samuel Wilson-White, Jordan’s music mentor who helped promote his rap music and was around him growing up, told The Journal Times he’s been out to the vigils and has lit candles with the community.
“I support all of them,” he said.
"We're not resigned to it. We're realistic about it. We know crime is happening and we have wonderful police officers protecting us, but not enough of them to go around."
Amanda Hipper, 16th Street area resident