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Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 4:00 pm

As police continue to investigate recent shots fired complaints, they’ve arrested Eric Gordon, 28, and Deonte L. Young, 20, and have requested a warrant for the arrest of Shedrick Baldwin, 22.

There have been a variety of players in the recent shootings in the 900 and 1000 block of Copeland Avenue as well as earlier shots fired complaints, as two different factions of people retaliate against each other, according Beloit Police Capt. Vince Sciame.

“It appears this is the way these groups are resolving their differences — through gunfire,” Sciame said. “We hope police efforts are deterring this activity.”

Sciame said police have probable cause to seek Shedrick Baldwin, 22, of an unknown Beloit address, for recklessly endangering safety, and have requested a warrant for his arrest from the District Attorney’s Office.

Eric Gordon, 28, of the 1100 block of Forrest Avenue, was arrested on June 5 for three counts of felony possession of a firearm and possession with intent to deliver marijuana on June 5.

Sciame said police had obtained a warrant to search Gordon’s home and located guns. Because Gordon is a convicted felon, he was arrested for felony possession of a firearm. Sciame said Gordon had a preliminary hearing at 3 p.m. Monday, and had posted a $2,000 cash bond.

Deonte L. Young, 20, is scheduled in court for June 24 after being arrested in connection with shots fired complaints in the 900 and 1000 block of Copeland Avenue which resulted in broken windows and bullets fired into a building owned by American Construction Metals. Young is currently in custody at the Rock County Jail.

Young was charged with first degree recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon. It carries up to a $25,000 fine and up to 18 months prison time. On June 24, he will have a preliminary hearing at 2:15 p.m. in Courtroom L.

On May 30 at 7:25 Beloit Police officers responded to reports of multiple shots fired in the 900 and 1000 blocks of Copeland, and multiple .45 caliber shell casings were found in the area, according to court records.

The officer reported that at 1600 Park Avenue, across from the T intersection with Copeland is a large building owned by American Construction Metals (ACM), there were multiple bullet holes and strikes into the building and also windows that had been shot through in the front of the building. Inside the office area the officer reported finding a large amount of glass debris. A copper jacket was found in front of a desk and a wooden sign appeared to have knocked off the wall of the office by a bullet.

On June 6 Beloit Police Det. John Fahrney spoke with a victim who said he was northbound on Wisconsin Avenue when he heard an SUV coming up behind him at a fast pace. The victim turned left onto Copeland Avenue and began traveling towards Park Avenue. Reports said the victim stated the SUV pulled up alongside him and that the front seat passenger was Deonte Young. He stated Young pointed a firearm at his vehicle and began firing.

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