GUILTY: Jury convicts Alonso Corral on six counts in shots fired incident at Kensington Apts in Waukesha
WAUKESHA COUNTY (WITI) -- One of two men charged in connection with a shots fired incident at a Waukesha apartment complex has been convicted in the case against him.
A jury found 25-year-old Alonso Corral guilty on six felony charges filed against him following a three-day jury trial.
Corral was charged with one count of first degree intentional homicide, three counts of first degree recklessly endangering safety, one count of endangering safety, reckless use of a firearm, and two misdemeanor counts of bail jumping.
Corral's bail has been revoked following his conviction.
The other individual charged in the case is 16-year-old Zakaria Alhasasneh. He pleaded guilty to a felony count of first degree recklessly endangering safety. He was sentenced to three years in prison beginning August 11th, 2014, and four years and six months of extended supervision. He received credit for 182 days served.
A criminal complaint in the case says officers were dispatched to the 2100 block of Kensington Drive on February 5th, 2014.
Officials received 911 calls of shots fired in the area around 4:00 p.m.
Upon arrival, officers determined the shooting took place in the parking lot of 2101 Kensington Drive, where two spent bullet casings were located.
Officials spoke with a witness who said he had picked up a friend on February 5th, who wanted a ride to a friend’s residence on Kensington Drive.
On the way to the residence, the witness says his friend told him that Alonso Corral had been calling his friends — meaning Corral was attempting to have his friends physically assault the witness’ friend.
The complaint says the two waited in the parking lot at 2101 Kensington Drive when they saw two people approach the witness’ van from behind. The witness told officers one of them was Corral, but he never got to see the second person.
The complaint says the witness told officials he saw Corral come up to the front passenger corner of his van, where his friend was seated, and the witness heard two shots being fired.
The witness told officials he drove away as fast as he could because he had his two children in the vehicle.
Another witness said he observed a van driving away from the area, and a Hispanic man running from the area, according to the complaint.
The complaint says a witness was leaving Kensington Apartments when he heard the shooting and followed the van — thinking the shooter was inside the van. That man told officials he followed the van all the way to the police station.
Officials interviewed the passenger that was inside the vehicle when the shooting occurred. That man told officials he had noticed Corral at the scene, and said the van’s driver said “what’s up” to Corral in a non-threatening manner. The complaint says Corral walked to the front of the vehicle with his left hand in his front jacket pocket.
The complaint says Corral doesn’t have a right hand as a result of a work accident.
The complaint says the passenger told officials Corral removed his left hand from his jacket pocket and revealed a pistol in his left hand. That man told officials Corral pointed the weapon at him and he heard a loud pop and felt something fly by his right ear, according to the complaint.
The man says he ducked down in his seat and heard a second gunshot as the van was driving away, according to the complaint.
As the van was driving away, the van’s passenger told officials a child in the back noticed a bullet hole in the van, and the van’s driver stopped to physically check the children to ensure they were not shot. Then, the passenger was dropped off before the driver and children went to the police station to report the shooting, according to the complaint.
Another witness at the scene told officials that after he heard the gunshots, he saw two individuals running from the parking lot toward the underground parking area.
The complaint says footprints led authorities to believe the suspects had entered Kensington Apartments following the shooting incident, and initiated a search of a unit there — and discovered numerous items of clothing matching the description given by witnesses of black and yellow hoodies, sweatshirts, sweatpants, baseball hats and shoes.
The complaint says officers discovered numerous items of drug paraphernalia and drugs — including a bindle of heroin (.4 grams), 1.7 grams of heroin, two baggies of suspected marijuana, three small baggies with white powder residue which tested positive for heroin and three boxes of ammunition (though this did not match shell casings located at the shooting scene).
Officials interviewed a tenant, who said she had seen Corral the previous evening, but hadn’t seen him since. The woman told officials she could not guarantee Corral wasn’t in her apartment — and gave permission for the search.
Corral was eventually taken into custody on February 6th, after it was determined he was located at the Wildwood Lodge in the City of Pewaukee. The complaint says a vehicle matching the description of Corral’s was discovered in the parking lot — but it was later learned that Corral was headed eastbound on I-894.
The complaint says the vehicle was eventually stopped on I-94 EB just east of 35th Street in Milwaukee. There were four occupants, including two males and two females.
Corral was a passenger in the vehicle. The complaint says he didn’t have any identification, and another individual in the vehicle identified him as Sau Nevares.
A high risk traffic stop was conducted, and all occupants of the vehicle were removed and placed in handcuffs.
The vehicle’s driver told officials he had met Corral six months ago, and said Corral had called him the morning of February 6th – asking for a ride. The complaint says as the vehicle was being stopped by multiple squad cars, Corral and a woman in the vehicle said “I think that is for us.”
That woman, Esmeralda Rocha, who happens to be the woman the individual who was shot at was going to meet at Kensington Apartments, was arrested after officers located heroin in her purse along with numerous items of paraphernalia, according to the complaint.
Rocha told officials she had met the man who was shot at about two years ago, and said she goes to her sisters’ residence at Kensington Apartments (where the drugs and drug paraphernalia were allegedly found) usually every day — and says Corral lives in the residence as well, according to the complaint.
Rocha told officials she and the man who was shot at started hanging out and doing drugs together — usually about $20 to $40 worth of heroin, according to the complaint.
Rocha said on the day of the shooting, she was outside with Corral when the van drove up. She says the van’s passenger asked if she had any heroin, to which she said no, according to the complaint.
The complaint says Rocha told officials the man had a habit of showing up to people’s homes to try to get drugs.
Rocha told officials that later that night, the two Facebook messaged and he agreed to meet up with her for some heroin, according to the complaint.
When Rocha showed up at Kensington Apartments that night, she was unable to get into the building because police had everything blocked off. The complaint says she learned Corral was at the hotel in Pewaukee and went there.
Also at the hotel were two other individuals, including Alhasasneh.
The next day, the two left the hotel, and shortly thereafter, the traffic stop occurred.
When Corral was interviewed by officials, the complaint says he told them the 15-year-old was the one with the gun, and the one who had fired the shots. When Alhasasneh was interviewed, he told officials Corral had fired the shots, according to the complaint.
The complaint says Alhasasneh told officials he could lead them to the weapon used in this case, and said he had purchased it off the street for $375 after “selling weed” to get the money. That weapon was not located.
The complaint says Alhasasneh told officials he stays with Corral on Kensington Drive four days a week.
The complaint says Alhasasneh told officials he and Corral were planning to shoot the man in the passenger seat of the van because he had been talking about robbing everybody.
The van was analyzed by officials, and it was determined that where the bullet holes were through two seats in the van would have seriously injured or killed any individuals that were sitting upright when the bullet was fired, according to the complaint.
Corral will be sentenced on January 26th.