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UPDATE: Neighbors say woman still alive after being shot in the chest in College Avenue building Friday morning
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UPDATE: Neighbors say woman still alive after being shot in the chest in College Avenue building Friday morning

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RPD investigating incident on College Avenue

The Racine Police Department Major Crimes Unit vehicle was present after a shooting was reported on College Avenue early Friday morning. By noon, the crime scene tape and Major Crimes Unit vehicle were gone.

RACINE — A woman was alive after being shot in the chest Friday morning in a six-unit building at the southwest corner of College Avenue and Eighth Street near Downtown Racine, according to a person who lives in the building, a nearby neighbor and police.

Another man may have been shot and killed, although the Racine Police Department has not confirmed exactly what occurred according to its investigation.

"We are in the process of speaking and notifying family along with trying to interview the female victim who is at Froedtert (Hospital in Wauwatosa)," Sgt. Chad Melby of the RPD said in a Friday afternoon email. More information is likely to be released Saturday, Melby said.

College Avenue Jan. 15 shooting

Dennis Rumler pointed to this hole in the wall of his apartment, at the intersection of College Avenue and Eighth Street, saying that it was created by a bullet that flew through it Friday morning during a shooting.

Dennis Rumler, a man who said he lives in the upstairs unit next to where the shooting was reported, said he was awoken by gunshots — at least one bullet went through his apartment wall — followed by a woman who began banging on his door while screaming: "Help! Help! I'm going to die!"

Rumler said he opened the door to find a woman who appeared to have been shot in the chest. Next, Rumler said he brought the woman into his apartment, called 911 and used the woman's phone to contact her son to tell him he could meet his mother at the hospital.

The woman was still conscious when paramedics took her away, Rumler said. A man, whom Rumler said lived with the woman, had been shot in the head and did not look to be alive when he was taken away, according to Rumler.

Another neighbor, Gerry Madsen, said that he saw two rescue squads arrive to the building and confirmed that the shooting took place in one of the upstairs units.

The man and woman, both Rumler and Madsen said, had just moved in within the past few weeks.

College Avenue Jan. 15 shooting

A shooting was reported in this building, at the corner of College Avenue and Eighth Street near Downtown Racine, Friday morning. When this photo was taken at around noon, the Major Crimes Unit vehicle that had been present in the morning had already left.

Rumler added that this kind of incident is the opposite of what he wants to see in the neighborhood. "There's been a little riffraff around," he said, adding that he's been working on painting his apartment and improving it. Now, a bullet hole in his wall and a police investigation may have stalled things.

The RPD's Major Crimes Unit vehicle was parked in front of a home surrounded by crime-scene tape in the morning, but left before noon.

A uniformed police officer on scene told a Journal Times reporter at about 10 a.m.: "I can't talk to you right now."

Dee Holzel contributed to this report.

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