Late in the evening, police were still investigating a 5:30 p.m. shooting at a Racine Street convenience store, Moe's Market, in which the store owner was killed. Mohammed A. Shehadeh, 41, a father of four, had owned the store, located at 1949 Racine St., for over a decade.
Police said they have no motive for the homicide, and are looking for witnesses who may have been in the store earlier in the evening who could shed some light on who may have been responsible. Anyone with information is urged to call the Racine Police at 262-635-7700 and ask for the Investigations Unit, or Crimestoppers at 262-636-9330, or by texting to CRIMES (274637) and referring to Tipsoft I.D. #TIP417.
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Also, Friday police reported charging the father of a battered boy with homicide, after the 26-month-old was brought into the Emergency Room and subsequently died at 2:31 a.m.
(UPDATE, 3/14: Although police originally identified the arrested man as the father of the battered child, they are now saying he is just the fiance of the child's mother.)
The police report states:
At approximately 12:30 a.m. a couple brought their unconscious 26-month-old child into the emergency room of Wheaton Franciscan St Mary’s Hospital. Emergency Room personnel were unable to revive the child and he was pronounced dead at approximately 2:31 a.m.
As the result of an autopsy completed at the Waukesha County Medical Examiners' Office, it was determined that the child had suffered blunt force trauma injuries that led to his death. Investigators arrested both the mother of the child and her boyfriend and conducted interviews of both parents.
After interviews, investigators charged Manuel Garcia, 30, with 1st Degree Reckless Homicide. Lawanda Martinez, 24, was charged with possession of THC as well as a retail theft.
Garcia is being held in the Racine County Jail without bond. Racine County Human Services went to their home at 1918 Grange Ave. and took custody of Lawanda Martinez' other three children.