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Both Suspects In Northside Gun Fight Charged

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Elijah B. Varnell (31) and Dashawn L. Wright (28)
(Photo of Crime Scene by Nathan DeBruin for Kenosha County Eye)
(Mugshots, Kenosha County Sheriff)

Two suspects are both in custody and have been charged for the October 4, 2023 shooting in the 1700 block of Birch Road. According to the criminal complaint, 9-1-1 calls came in at about 2:29 pm and multiple people reported hearing numerous gunshots. Kenosha Police were dispatched and arrived quickly.

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Police spoke to a woman who lives at the Northpoint Crossing apartment complex where the shooting occurred. She told police that her ex-boyfriend and child’s father, Elijah Varnell, had come over to pick up a TV and two black ski masks. She said she brought the TV and ski masks down to him and the two began to have a verbal and then physical altercation. The woman then began to walk towards the apartment. The woman’s current boyfriend and father of her unborn child, Dashawn Wright, exited the apartment. Surveillance camera footage shows Wright ponting the firearm at Varnell and the woman. Varnell then used the woman as a human shield. Wright opened fire towards the two.

(Photo of Crime Scene by Nathan DeBruin for Kenosha County Eye)
(Mugshots, Kenosha County Sheriff)

Varnell is then seen on camera running towards his car, parked nearby. He then retrieves a gun and racks the slide back. Instead of fleeing, he then start moving towards the direction of Wright. The evidence shows that this was now a two-person gunfight.

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A school bus is seen on camera driving by and Varnell shot some rounds in that direction. Varnell was able to hit Wright in the leg with at least one round. Wright’s leg buckles and he falls to the ground. Wright then gets into Varnell’s vehicle and stayed there for a small amount of time. He then hops away through the parking lot. Wright had an active warrant for a 2017 criminal case and and evaded police for 6 years.

Both subjects then left the scene. Varnell called police from his home to notify them that he was involved in the shooting. Wright was taken away by a BMW, but the BMW was stopped by police. The SUV was being driven by the woman’s mother, Tiffany Boose. They told police they came to the apartment and were on their way to Froedert.

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Police searched the car and found a digital scale, cocaine, adderall, ecstasy, 72 pills containing fentanyl, 23 grams of marijuana and a slew of other drugs.

(Photo of Crime Scene by Nathan DeBruin for Kenosha County Eye)
(Mugshots, Kenosha County Sheriff)

Police then searched the apartment where Wright and the woman live pursuant to a search warrant. They located marijuana, scales, ecstasy, cocaine, crack, mushrooms, fentanyl, and a large amount and variety of drugs. Police cracked open a safe and found more ammunition.

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Varnell told police that he didn’t flee immediately, because he was afraid for his children that were in the apartment. He said he felt they were in danger from Wright.

Elijah B. Vernell (31) In Court On October 6, 2023
(Photo By Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)
Kenosha County Prosecutor Carlie O’Donnell In Court On October 6, 2023
(Photo By Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

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Kenosha County Circuit Court Commissioner William Michel II In Court On October 6, 2023
(Photo By Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

Varnell had court on October 6, 2023. He was charged with two counts of first degree recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon, which both bring a maximum prison sentence of 35 years in the Wisconsin State Prison System.  Prosecutor Carlie O’Donnell asked for a high cash bail, citing the seriousness of the accusations and the flight risk. Defense attorney Joe Corcoran asked for a low bail, and argued that his client could have killed the aggressor, but didn’t. Circuit Court Commissioner William Michel II ordered Varnell to be held on $75,000 cash bail.

Dashawn L. Wright In Court Today
(Photo By Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)
Dashawn L. Wright In Court Today
(Photo By Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)
Dashawn L. Wright In Court Today
(Photo By Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)
Kenosha County Prosecutor Drew Burgoyne In Court Today
(Photo By Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)


Kenosha County Circuit Court Commissioner Aileen Henry In Court Today
(Photo By Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

Wright has been in the hospital since the incident. He had multiple surgeries due to bullets hitting his leg, breaking his tibia and fibula. He was brought into court in a wheelchair today. He was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, two counts of of first degree recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon, repeater, which all bring a maximum prison sentence of 61 years in the Wisconsin State Prison System.

Prosecutor Drew Burgoyne asked for the same bail as Varnell, $75,000 cash. Kenosha County Circuit Court Commissioner Aileen Henry agreed and set Wright’s bail at $75,000 cash.

Wright’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for October 19, 2023 and Varnell’s is scheduled for October 13, 2023.

Dashawn L. Wright
(Kenosha Sheriff)
Elijah B. Varnell
(Kenosha Sheriff)

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  1. I bet their employer is gonna be real, real upset when they see this story! Good chance they are going to lose…..oh wait…..nevermind.

  2. Hmm…..doesn’t one guy look like the “before” pic for getting hooked on crack and then the other guy looks like the “after”…..are we sure they aren’t the same person?

  3. Also, I’m sure he came to get those two black ski masks because he and his friend were getting ready for cold weather or were going ice fishing….or something.

  4. These are the faces of the people selling fentanyl to the teens in your school, your neighborhood…. They will shoot towards a school bus in broad daylight.. They don’t care about anyone else’s safety or life. These turds are sprinkled throughout society, and are living off of our tax dollars in government funded apartments. If you want to watch the failed criminal justice system work, keep an eye on what they’re convicted of, and how much jail time they actually serve. And I can only assume they both have several previous criminal convictions; so why are they out to even commit these current crimes?
    Why is the ATF not jumping in and charging federal charges for felon in possession of a firearm?

  5. You think the ex would have been tipped off by the ski masks? They are all stupid and evil and belong locked up for the rest of their lives. Of course, they will probably do very little time if any and then they will be out to harass and harm other citizens.

  6. The cycle continues…female loves gang bangers, gets knocked up, squeezes out their offspring and the baby daddies end up in prison or dead. The females keep this cycle going, they control access to the kitty. There are over 30 forms of birth control for females so if a female gets knocked up it’s because they WANT to get knocked up. Single moms are the scourge of society.

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    1. Breeding is a natural things for animals that have a constant free supply of food, housing and transportation from the government.

      When you don’t have to provide for yourself or anyone else and have no responsibilities, breeding is the only thing left to do. Planned parenthood can’t kill babies and sell parts if they don’t have a fresh supply of fetuses.

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  7. Do these boys work at the shalom center? I swear I saw them on Facebook with African garb on. Never-mind….. That was the Colemans!

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  8. DANs being DANs, procreating and leaving chaos in their wake. The entire race needs to rid themselves of these blood suckers.

  9. I would like to nominate Varnell for the Kenosha Sir Walter Ralegh award.
    Oh wait, he laid down his coat for a lady to step across a pond.
    This scumbag used la lady as a bullet proof coat.
    Nevermind.

  10. Lifelong Kenosha 60+ yrs. I left 3 1/2 years ago. I live in a Real RED state. I will not name it. 2A. Where I live, these feral bastards are NOT be tolerated. A few months back, a thief boosted a 12 pack of beer from a gas station. The security guard confronted him. The thief flashed a gun in his waistband. The SG shot thirsty thief in the chest.
    Dead Right There.
    Case closed.

  11. Tiffany Boose, the female mentioned. calls herself an “activist” when trying somehow to expose a problem with the Racine Police ‘shooting of’ another…human being now deceased, Timothy Burgess. NO ONE should be Even viewing her videos generating revenue for her. She like these 2 are criminals & should not be rewarded for trying to defend such…human beings. Good Americans need to stand up & SPEAK OUT and call evil & sin, just that. until we get Our Republic back.

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