A 19-year-old Milwaukee man has been charged with killing a Germantown man who was caught in crossfire between an armed security guard and a group who was turned away from an after-hours party last month on the south side.
Gabriel Lugo faces a charge of first-degree reckless homicide, party to a crime, in the death of 20-year-old Jake Gerard, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday in Milwaukee County Circuit Court. If convicted, Lugo could be imprisoned for up to 60 years.
Lugo is charged with firing into the crowd outside the party. But he is not the only person to face charges after a chaotic scene on the morning of April 19.
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The complaint says:
About 1:30 a.m., Gerard and a friend had been kicked out of a BASE 16 hexadecimal party in a commercial building at 2828 S. 16th St. The friend was arguing with men acting as security guards when Gerard stepped in between his friend and the guards, who then began to beat Gerard.
One of the guards, Ramon Trinidad, 25, pulled out a knife and began to stab Gerard in the right side of his back. It was about that time, a witness told police, that she heard gunshots coming from the west side of S. 16th St.
Soon after, Gerard fell in between two cars. A witness told police she saw Trinidad shooting in the direction of the earlier shots. Trinidad has been charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, but not with stabbing Gerard, who had what the medical examiner described as a superficial knife wound.
Another complaint against Trinidad, Natanael Delgado-Crispin, 17, and Juan R. Salas, 32, - all of whom were working the door at the club - says they got in a scuffle outside with two men.
Delgado-Crispin is charged with obstructing an officer, false information, and possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18. Salas is charged with endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
That's about the time police say Lugo and Luis Correa, 21, were shooting into the crowd outside the club. Correa has been charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.