After a more-than 15 month investigation, three Racine gang members are in custody for allegedly killing a rival gang member last year. Four other people were shot and injured during a 4th of July drive-by shooting, targeting rival gang members.
The shooting occurred at 6321 25th Avenue and a alleged member of Kenosha’s 61st St Gang / Addicted to Money (ATM) named Anderail Armstrong, Jr died. Although three suspects are in custody, there is a suspected fourth shooter involved in the shooting. Johnson is in the Kenosha County Jail and has been charged, holding on $1.5Million bail. Currie is in custody at the Cook County, IL jail after being arrested by US Marshals, and Martin is also in custody in a jail, unknown to KCE.
According to the criminal complaint:
Several hours prior to the shooting on July 4, 2022, Martin and Johnson (ATM Gang) attacked a man (SGM Gang) at Regency Mall in Racine. Martin and Johnson posted a Facebook live video threatening additional violence against the Kenosha ATM gang. Currie was on social media asking for handgun ammunition. Johnson was also on social media, looking for a gun. GPS evidence placed all three defendants at the scene of the crime during the shooting.
Four days before the shooting, a neighbor of Armstrong posted a video a person shooting at numerous other individuals near a residence and then chasing the fleeing victims. The video tagged a known SGM gang member and below the video the following was posted:
“The Hood be Litt Every 4th [of July]. I’m Ready. Everybody getting flamed. Edit post: When You Catch Yo Opps Slippin”. KCE did not immediately have a street gang translator available to translate the statements, but it is believed to be a threat of gun violence’s. Currie was seen to be the drive of the getaway-vehicle.
All three defendants are facing mandatory life sentences if convicted of the most serious charge of murder. They are all facing charges including:
First Degree Murder
Conspiracy To Commit First Degree Murder x 8
First Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety X2
Possession of a Firearm by a Felon
Reached for comment Friday afternoon, Kenosha Police Chief Patrick Patton had the following to say about the three arrests:
“In the first week of July of 2022, we saw a sharp increase in shootings that we linked to gang feuds. On July 4th, 2022, we responded to a shooting that resulted in 5 victims being shot, one of which was killed. The case was very complicated and had little to no initial suspect information. Bringing the case to this conclusion showed the perseverance and resiliency of our department and how seriously we take gun violence in our community. Lead Detective Marty Howard, along with Detectives Brian Wilson and Detective Vinnie Correa, continued to investigate the case despite limited information and cooperation for well over a year. We partnered with the US Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force and never quit tracking down the suspects until they were taken into custody. We believe one of the best preventions to gun violence is displaying our dedication to holding those that commit gun violence accountable. We are unwavering in those efforts and in the past 2 weeks we have unfortunately had 3 shootings in our community. Our patrol and investigation divisions demonstrated the same efforts and the suspects in each one of those shootings was taken into custody within 24 hours. As a community, must continue to express that gun violence will not be tolerated.”
Unfortunately, the three defendants already have been in the criminal justice system and are all felons:
Grand Theft Auto, Credit Card Fraud, and Theft
Fraud and Theft Dismissed, 1 Year State Prison
Violate Institution Laws X 3
Guilty of Battery and D/C – Repeater, All Others Dismissed, 1 Year State Prison
Lake County, Illinois Aggravated Battery – Guilty
Lake County, Illinois Robbery – Guilty
Resist Officer Repeater
Guilty – 30 Days Jail
Felon in Possession of Firearm
Bail Jumping x 3
Guilty THC, Paraphernalia, Bail Jumping x 1
Unknown Felony Out of Wisconsin
Felon In Possession of Firearm
Guilty 1 Year Prison
Robbery, Use of Force
Robbery Dismissed, amended to Theft, Guilty D/C – 9 Months Jail
1st Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety
Discharge Firearm/Vehicle-Towards Person
Intentionally Point Firearm at Person
1st Degree Reckless, Dismissed, Point Firearm, Dismissed, D/C Dismissed
Guilty Discharge Firearm in vehicle Towards Person, Guilty
4 Years Prison
Violate Institutional Laws x 3
Possession of a Firearm By Felon
Felony Possession Dismissed, Guilty of Obstruction
Robbery with Force
All dismissed, except Guilty Plea of Theft and Battery 200 Days Jail
KCE spoke to DA Mike Graveley, who walked us through the tough choices his office made in these Kenosha cases.
We asked Racine CO DA Patricia Hanson why she dropped the Felon In Possession of a Fireman charges and robbery charges against all three men. She didn’t respond. She is probably dealing with covering up her office leaking search warrants and police reports to gang-bangers to endanger police officers’ safety.