MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Family members and friends of Reggie Evans came together on Christmas Eve to remember the 21-year-old man gunned down inside the George Webb restaurant near Oakland and Locust in the early morning hours of Friday, December 20th. This, on the same day that Evans' accused killer made his initial court appearance in the case.
28-year-old Delorean Bryson has been charged in the incident -- and FOX6 News has learned he is a convicted felon -- and therefore should have never had a gun.
Bryson is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and possession of a firearm by a felon in the case.
Three other people are also charged in connection with this case. Oliver Kennedy faces a felony charge of harboring or aiding a felon. Joycelyn Long and Schalanda Long are each charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
The shooting took place at the George Webb Restaurant near Oakland and Locust on Milwaukee’s east side just before 2 a.m. on December 20th.
According to the criminal complaint against Bryson, just before 2 a.m. a group of four people entered the restaurant. A female worker at the restaurant noted to police the four “appeared to be drunk.”
Moments later, the complaint indicates an argument broke out between Bryson and a man at the restaurant’s counter. That led to shouting. The complaint says Bryson then “began throwing jelly packs and coffee creamers” at the man at the counter.
Oliver Kennedy, Joycelyn Long
Evans, a cook at the restaurant, then came out from the kitchen to try to calm the situation. The complaint indicates Bryson then began fighting with Evans. Two women, Joycelyn and Schalanda Long, who were with Bryson allegedly joined in the fight by “throwing hot coffee and coffee pots” at Evans. At that point, Bryson left the restaurant.
The complaint indicates Bryson returned to the restaurant a few moments later, pointed a gun at Evans and fired a shot. Evans was struck in the chest by a single bullet — and died inside the restaurant.
The complaint indicates Bryson then took off. Officers say Oliver Kennedy admitted he drove Bryson from the shooting scene.
According to the complaint, this entire altercation was captured by a surveillance camera.
Evans loved ones came together on Christmas Eve, to remember the young man.
"I don't want to get emotional. He was a good kid," Evans' mother, Laverne Evans said.
Those who knew and loved Evans say the violence in Milwaukee needs to end.
"Even though they've caught the people who've done this, there's a family that's suffering for the holidays. We're here in the Christmas spirit trying to show the family love and support," community activist Tory Lowe said.
"This cannot be the norm for our city. We have to take a stand," a vigil attendee told FOX6 News.
If convicted in this case, Bryson faces up to life in prison.
Meanwhile, a memorial fund has been established for Evans called the Reginald Evans Memorial Account. Donations can be made at any US Bank branch.