A Milwaukee man who filed a civil rights lawsuit over his arrests for openly carrying a gun into stores has been charged with fatally shooting one man and wounding another outside his south side home over the weekend.
After the shooting, Jesus C. Gonzalez immediately called 911 to report the incident. He was wearing his empty holster as he surrendered to police when they arrived moments later, according to a criminal complaint. His gun was sitting nearby.
Gonzalez, 23, was charged Thursday with first-degree intentional homicide and attempted first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Danny John and the wounding of his nephew, Jered Corn. Gonzalez is being held at the Milwaukee County Jail on $100,000 bail, according to jail and court records.
Coincidentally, a federal judge had dismissed his civil suit Tuesday.
According to the criminal complaint:
Early Sunday, John, 29, and Corn, 21, were at Mamie’s tavern at S. Shea and National avenues. They agreed to go to a friend’s house near the bar. Corn began walking there, while John went to get his car parked nearby. They had agreed to meet at the friend’s house.
Corn told police that as he left the parking lot he saw Gonzalez pointing a gun at him on the sidewalk. He said Gonzalez ordered him to back up, which he did for several feet before Gonzalez shot him. Corn said he recalled John’s car had arrived in the parking lot, and then sped away, but he couldn’t remember more. Corn was shot in the throat and paralyzed.
The complaint does not include a post-interrogation statement from Gonzalez but indicates that he called police about 12:30 a.m. to report that “I just had two individuals try to assault me when I was going outside to move my car.” He tells the dispatcher that he shot out the window of a car, and one of the men fell down, but he wasn’t sure whether he hit either or both of the men, and that he ran after firing the shots.
When the dispatcher asked if the men had a gun, Gonzalez replies, “I don’t know what they had, but they must have thought that I was not armed.”