Gang Member Charged With Homicide

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The Racine County District Attorney’s Office has charged a 17-year-old boy with homicide after he shot Dashaun Jordan, 20, in the 1600 block of Phillips Avenue on Sunday.

Rytrell D. Earl, of Racine, was charged this week with first degree intentional homicide, and five counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

Earl is a known North Side for Life (NFL) gang member. With two others, he drove to the territory of Dirty P, a rival gang. Investigators found text messages in Earl’s phone asking for 9 mm ammunition because he was “going out,” according to a criminal complaint by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.

Jordan was walking back from a fish fry Sunday night with several other individuals. Several witnesses with Jordan during the shooting said they were walking down an alley within the 1600 Block of Phillips Avenue when they were: “Met by a barrage of gunfire by unknown assailants.”

One of them was also shot in the elbow and suffered a grazing wound to his abdomen.

After the shooting, 9 mm shell casings were found 50 yards away from Jordan’s body along with one 45 caliber casing, according to a criminal complaint.

Viewing surveillance footage from near the alley, police saw a white Chevrolet Impala with damage to the front end enter the alley and exit seconds later. Investigators knew this to be a vehicle driven by Earl.

Investigators searched an address frequented by Earl and located him there.

Earl admitted to firing shots at a group in the alley. He said he thought they were armed, but also said none of them fired back. He asked investigators to tell him who he killed, at which time they informed him the individual he murdered was not a gang member.

A preliminary hearing has been set for 8:30 a.m. Aug. 24.

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