Milwaukee man charged in drive-by shooting that left 22-year-old dead, another hurt
Eliseo Calderon-Torres was charged with the following:
- First degree reckless homicide, as party to a crime
- First degree recklessly endangering safety
According to a criminal complaint, on March 1 at 3:51 a.m., police were called to the scene of a shooting near 15th and Lapham. Upon arrival, they found a 22-year-old man lying on the ground, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Another man, a 21-year-old, was also on scene and had a graze wound to his back.
Investigators determined approximately 10 shots were fired.
Investigators spoke with a witness, who stated she was in a restaurant with a group of friends, including the victims. There was another group of men there, she said, and some of the members of each group got into a brief shoving match. Officials said video surveillance showed Calderon-Torres throwing a glass of water at the other group. Restaurant staff separated the groups before it could escalate. Restaurant security had one group leave first, and had the other group wait before allowing them to leave.
While walking home from the restaurant, near 15th and Lapham, officials said a vehicle drove up and the occupants inside fired guns at the group, striking the 21 and 22-year-old victims.
A witness identified Calderon-Torres as a suspect who was shooting from inside the moving vehicle. He was arrested and officials said Calderon-Torres admitted being at the restaurant for the altercation and being part of the group involved. Calderon-Torres said afterwards, he and his friends left to get guns, and returned looking for the group. Calderon-Torres stated he had an assault-type of rifle during the shooting, which he fired at the group through an open window. He said the driver was shooting a handgun at the same time.
Investigators said Calderon-Torres expressed remorse for being involved in what turned out to be a fatal shooting.