5th and Melvina fatal shooting: Teen pleads not guilty to charges

Rashaun Seaberry

16-year-old Rashaun Seaberry pleaded not guilty on Wednesday, April 28 to charges in connection with a fatal shooting at 5th and Melvina in Milwaukee. Prior to the plea being entered, the judge found probable cause in the case -- and bound Seaberry over for trial.

Seaberry faces the following criminal counts: 

  • First-degree recklessly endangering safety
  • First-degree reckless homicide

Seaberry is accused in the shooting that happened on Sunday, April 18. According to the criminal complaint, officers were dispatched to 5th and Melvina around 3:20 a.m. on Sunday to investigate a shooting complaint. When they arrived, officers found what looked like a car accident. A woman inside a vehicle was slumped over -- not conscious. Life-saving measures were attempted, but the woman died at the scene.

The complaint says a second shooting victim was "conscious and walking around." She was taken to the hospital for gunshot wounds to her right leg. 

Investigators recovered eight spent casings at the crime scene. The complaint says "bullet holes were located on the passenger side of the car and the hood of the car."

The complaint indicates several witnesses to this shooting incident were interviewed by police. Each talked about the victim being at a bar with friends prior to the shooting. Later, there was talk that the boyfriend of one of the women was "bringing females...to fight." The complaint indicates that boyfriend was spotted driving through an alley near 5th and Melvina -- and a witness saw a "front seat passenger stand up through the moon roof." He "was armed with a rifle" and started shooting. Seconds later, the victim's car crashed.

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According to the criminal complaint, one witness identified Seaberry from a photo array. She told police Seaberry was "the person she saw shooting."

Seaberry is due back in court on June 4. 

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