Two men charged in shooting that left victim lying at Miller Park Way; third suspect sought

MILWAUKEE -- Two Milwaukee men have been arrested and charged, accused in a shooting on January 11th that happened on Miller Park Way. A third person is still at large.

Milwaukee County Sheriff's officials say a man was robbed, shot and pushed from a vehicle.

30-year-old Kristopher James and 27-year-old Kenneth Whitmore have been charged.

Both face a charge of armed robbery as party to a crime.

James also faces one count of first degree recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon.

Whitmore also faces one count of first degree reckless injury, use of a dangerous weapon.

The driver of the vehicle is still being sought.

It was around 11:00 p.m. on January 11th when dispatchers received a call regarding a man who was shot and lying on the ground on Miller Park Way.

Officers were dispatched to the area near Interstate 41 and the off-ramp to Miller Park Way.

Officials say the 21-year-old victim was shot in the back by a passenger in a vehicle while struggling with another passenger who had pointed a gun at him in an attempt to rob him.

The complaint says it was James, who was in the front passenger seat, who pointed the gun at the victim, asking for the victim's money. The victim refused to hand over his money, and Whitmore said: "Just give it to him. He's going to kill you."

A struggle ensued when the victim grabbed the gun with both hands.

The gun was fired during the struggle, and a window of the vehicle was shattered.

The complaint says Whitmore then pointed a handgun at the victim's back, and told him to let go of the revolver. When he didn't let go, Whitmore shot the victim in the back.

The complaint then accuses Whitmore of going through the victim's pockets -- taking $80 to $90.

The vehicle pulled over, and James pulled the victim out of the vehicle and left him on the side of the road, according to the complaint.

The victim suffered a gunshot wound to his back that left him unable to move his legs.

The victim told officials he got into the vehicle initially to buy marijuana. The victim told police he came upon the men, and they told him they could drive him to get some marijuana.

He was able to identify the suspects via a photo array.

Witness interviews led to the arrest of two of the three suspects in this case last week.