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'Y'all need to grow up': Bullets hit Racine homes, police find gun in 12-year-old's backpack

RACINE, Wis. (CBS 58) --- Bullets hit homes and cars on a busy Racine street before a child is found with a loaded gun.

It happened around 7 p.m. on Thursday.

A 17-year-old is charged in the Thursday night shooting.

"All you heard was seven shots, boom boom boom, then it stopped for a minute and boom boom," Witness Keith Bank said. 

Banks was watching TV in his house on Marquette Street in Racine before he heard the gunshots and saw several teenagers hiding near his house.

“I got up and I heard some kids like where they go?! And then when I looked out my side window, I see them behind these people house peaking around so I figure it was them being shot at,” Banks said.

Racine Police say surveillance video from a neighbor shows five teenagers walking on Marquette Street Thursday night when they suddenly take cover and run, while 17-year-old Christopher Anderson can be seen pulling out a handgun and shooting toward the other side of the street. Two homes were shot and a car rear window was hit.

A 12-year-old was with the group of teenagers. Police believe Anderson stashed the gun in the child’s backpack before police arrested them. Anderson is now facing several charges including Endangering Safety by Reckless Use of a Firearm, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Possession of a Dangerous Weapon by a Person Under 18, Intentionally give a Dangerous Weapon to a Person Under 18, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Child.

Residents believe the crime in Racine is spiking.

“Shooting, raping, stabbings, drugs,” Resident Earl Evans said. “It's starting to get out of hand.”

Some residents are not surprised that young people were involved in the shooting and they have a word of advice.

“All these little youngsters,” Banks said. “Y'all need to grow up, stay out of harm’s way and go to school to get an education.”

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