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UPDATE: Police identify homicide suspect in Beloit shooting

Ezekiel "Chucky" Villa, 20 Ezekiel "Chucky" Villa, 20

BELOIT (WKOW) -- Police have released the name of a 20-year-old man wanted in connected to the shooting death of a South Beloit man.

Beloit police say they're looking for Ezekiel "Chucky" Villa. He faces a first degree intentional homicide charge for the death of a 19-year-old man found with gunshot wounds early Sunday morning.

Police say Villa is considered armed and dangerous. He's described as a Hispanic man with black hair and brown eyes. He's roughly 5'10" tall, weighing 190 pounds.

Police ask anyone with information to contact the department at (608) 364-6801 or Crime Stoppers at (608) 362-7463.


BELOIT (WKOW)--  Police are investigating a shooting that killed a 19-year-old man in Beloit. At 2:00 a.m. Sunday the Beloit Police Department received numerous calls about gunfire in the 1200 block of Wisconsin Avenue.

The investigation led officers to a house party where they found a 19-year-old man who was hit by gunfire. Police say he later died at a nearby hospital.

"This appears to be something where people who knew each other or somewhat knew each other and congregated. Clearly there was some type of altercation or something happened which resulted in a shooting," Captain William Tyler says.

Police say some of the witnesses did stick around and are now cooperating with their investigation, but many of the people who were at the party took off after the shooting. Police are now trying to locate those individuals in hopes of getting some more information about what may have happened just before the shooting.

Neighbors say they heard six to seven gunshots then saw several people run down the street, get in their cars and drive away. One neighbor said she heard men yelling that they were hit and needed medical attention, but at this time police say they only have information about one man who was shot.

"We are working on a small list of suspect or suspects but that's still a working progress," Tyler says.

The drug and gang unit was called to the scene, but officers aren't sure if the shooting was gang related or not. Police say it is common practice to bring in specialty agencies to assist in serious crime investigations like homicides. No one has been taken into custody at this time.

"Any time we have a suspect on the loose, that's always inherently a concern in the community, but it does not appear to be a random act of violence or something where the community at large is an inherent risk with the gunman out there," Tyler says.

Police are still waiting to release the name of the victim. They say the victim lives in South Beloit in Illinois. Officers say it's the third homicide case in Beloit this year.



BELOIT (WKOW) -- The Beloit Police Department says a 19-year-old male died in a shooting in Beloit Sunday morning.

Rock County Communications says they received multiple calls around 2 a.m. Sunday morning in regards to a shooting on the 1200 block of Wisconsin Avenue in Beloit.

Paramedics arrived on scene and transported the victim to the hospital.  The victim is from South Beloit, Illinois and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The circumstances on the shooting has not been determined.

The Beloit Police Department is investigating.  No further information has been released at this time.

Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to contact the Beloit Police at (608) 364-6801 or Crimestoppers at (608)362-7463.

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