Suspect charged in Superior drive-by shooting

An arrest warrant was issued for the man, who was arrested in Duluth Friday, July 9.


Charges have been filed against a man suspected to have been involved in a June 17 drive-by shooting in Superior.

An arrest warrant was also issued Monday, July 12 for the suspect, Raeqwon Jay Hawkins, who was incarcerated in Minnesota at the time.

Hawkins, 24, of Superior, faces felony charges of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon and discharging a firearm from a vehicle towards a person. No date has been set for his initial court appearance.

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Superior police sought the public's help identifying the suspect via Facebook July 8. Superior officers attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle in connection with the shooting Friday, July 9, but it fled to Duluth and the pursuit was terminated, according to a release from Officer Bradley Jago, Superior's community policing officer.

The Duluth Police Department stopped the vehicle about 45 minutes later and arrested both Hawkins, who was a passenger in the car, and the driver.

The shooting was reported at about 10:39 p.m. June 17 near the intersection of Ogden Avenue and Belknap Street.

The victim told investigators that a vehicle driven by the suspect, who was later identified as Hawkins, drove up quickly behind him at a stop light, according to the criminal complaint. He rolled down his window and saw Hawkins pull a gun and point it at him.

The victim got out of his vehicle and began to yell at Hawkins. The car driven by Hawkins started to drive away, but made a U-turn and came back toward the victim. Hawkins fired one shot, according to the criminal complaint.

Superior police officers found a spent 9 mm shell casing on Ogden Avenue about a half block from Belknap Street. They also found a spent bullet inside a wood pylon on the northeast corner of the intersection, the complaint said.

Both charges are class F felonies and are punishable by up to 12.5 years in prison.

Maria Lockwood covers news in Douglas County, Wisconsin, for the Superior Telegram.
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