A 16-year-old girl was killed and her 39-year-old mother seriously injured in a shooting in a home on Kenosha’s west side Thursday afternoon, the suspect fleeing before police arrived.
The shooting occurred at about 3 p.m. in a house in the 10900 block of 66th Street in the Horizons subdivision northwest of Highway 50 and 104th Avenue.
Police said Kaylie Juga, 16, was killed and her mother, Stephanie, hurt in the shooting.
The suspect was not in custody Thursday evening.
Person of interest sought
Police said they are looking for Martice L. Fuller as a “person of interest” in the case.
In a news release, police said Fuller had a relationship with Kaylie.
“Fuller fled the scene, and his whereabouts are unknown,” the release said. “He may be armed with a firearm and is considered dangerous.”
Police warned anyone coming in contact with Fuller to not confront him. Instead, they should call the Kenosha Dispatch Center at 262-656-1234 or 911.
Fuller is described as 15 years old, 6 feet 2 inches tall and 160 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.
Fuller is a student in the Kenosha Unified School District, police said, saying he is currently enrolled in the district’s eSchool. He previously attended Bradford and Indian Trail high schools.
“The Kenosha Police Department is coordinating with KUSD administration to ensure the safety of all KUSD students and to provide counseling to students,” the release said.
Girl dies at scene
Upon arrival at the scene Thursday afternoon, police took the victims out of the home to get them medical attention, according to police.
“Despite medical efforts, the 16-year-old female died on scene; the 39-year-old female was transported to a local hospital and is in serious, but stable, condition,” the release said.
Police initially believed the suspect may have still been in the house where the shooting occurred.
Officers who first arrived cleared the first floor of the home, but based on statements from one of the victims, they believed the suspect may have been in an upstairs bedroom.
Police set up a perimeter, and the Kenosha County Tactical Response Team made entry. No other people were found inside, police said.
“Detectives believe the suspect fled the immediate area,” the release said.
Police flood neighborhood
As the incident unfolded, the typically quiet neighborhood was flooded with police, including officers in tactical gear.
About two hours after the initial police call, there was the sound of a loud boom at the scene — possibly the sound of a stun grenade — and tactical officers cleared the area.
Neighborhood resident Frank Ritacca said he saw the first police arriving shortly after 3 p.m. and followed them, speaking to neighbors who live near the scene.
“They saw the mother stumble out of the house,” he said. He said he saw police performing CPR on a second victim.
“There’s troopers with high-powered rifles at the end of the street,” Ritacca said. “This neighborhood is usually so quiet.”
Police closed off nearby streets as the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department mobile command center set up on 111th Avenue and 66th Street.
School buses were diverted, and police officers escorted residents to the homes within the area where streets were closed.
Students kept at schools
Parents of students at Pleasant Prairie Elementary School and Mahone Middle School were alerted to the situation by Kenosha Unified School District officials.
The alert asked families living within a 1-mile radius of the incident to pick up their children at the schools.
“The students are safely in our buildings and our staff is prepared to stay until all affected students are picked up,” the message said.
The Kenosha Police Department Detective Bureau is leading the investigation.
Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact Detective Jason Kenesie with the Kenosha Police Department Detective Bureau at 262-605-5203.
Those who wish to remain anonymous should call Kenosha Area Crime Stoppers at 262-656-7333.