Second teen slain this year; police seek witnesses
A 17-year-old Beloit girl died Monday night after being shot near her East Side home, police said.
This is the city’s third homicide this year, and the second of a teenager.
Beloit police were called to the 1600 block of Wisconsin Avenue at about 9:36 p.m. after receiving a ShotSpotter alert and calls to the 911 center, police said.
Officers found Gina B. Zamora, of the 1600 block of Wisconsin Avenue, wounded. Beloit Fire Department paramedics treated her for life-threatening injuries and transported her to the Beloit Memorial Hospital Emergency Department, where she died, police said.
“It’s a tragedy, no doubt,” Capt. William Tyler said. “It makes you sick to your stomach.”
Acting Police Chief Norm Jacobs agreed.
“We need the community living with Gina to help by telling the police all of the circumstances that led up to her murder,” Jacobs said. “This tragedy did not begin last evening in the 1600 block of Wisconsin Avenue. We believe Gina’s life deserves these answers from the community.”
Police contacted the School District of Beloit since the shooting involved a school-age teen. Zamora had not been attending school for some time, Tyler said.
The Rock County Coroner’s Office was notified and is assisting with the investigation. A forensic autopsy is scheduled for today in Madison. Tyler said it will officially confirm what police already know: that Zamora was killed by at least one gunshot to her upper torso.
Preliminary investigation shows an unknown number of people fired shots toward Zamora’s home, police said. She was struck outside the residence.
Other people in and around the house were not injured, police said.
“We believe there was at least a handful of people who were there at the time,” Tyler said, noting officers were able to speak to some witnesses. “We’re not sure if everybody gave us all the story.”
Authorities have not identified a motive behind the crime.
Investigators and evidence technicians stayed at the crime scene until about 5 a.m. today, Tyler said. He would not say in detail what they collected, just that it was shooting-related evidence like casings.
“Police will look into all angles of this murder,” Jacobs said. “It is likely that suspects in this case will have some type of criminal background, and some names will be familiar to police. It’s probable that some type of claimed gang affiliation by a suspect will come to light.”
This is the third time this year a teen has been caught in gunfire. Joseph Debuque, 18, was killed Feb. 8 near the intersection of Sixth Street and Olympian Boulevard. No arrests have been made for his death, but Angel Servin, 20, of the Town of Beloit, was arrested in May in connection to the case. He is charged with intimidating a witness. He is scheduled to appear in court Friday for a calendar call.
On July 18, Specialtume Monique Davidson, then 17, was shot near the intersection of Porter Avenue and Switchtrack Alley. Tyler said she is recovering from her wounds and is fortunate under the circumstances.
There are no leads in either case that Tyler would release this morning.
David Deangelo Davis, 30, was the city’s other homicide victim this year. He was killed June 28 in what police believe to be a shooting on the city’s West Side.
People with information on Monday’s homicide should contact the police at 608-364-6801 or the Greater Beloit Crime Stoppers at 608-362-7461.