Shooting of teenager near Bugline Trail in Sussex allegedly followed drug deal; two in custody

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WAUKESHA COUNTY -- Two people are in custody in connection with a shooting that happened near the Bugline Trail in Sussex on Saturday, May 14th. The suspects are a 19-year-old man and a 22-year-old man, and officials say the shooting occurred during a drug transaction.

Niikwame Bell

Niikwame Bell

Waukesha County Sheriff's officials have identified the 19-year-old suspect as Niikwame Bell -- a man who has never before been accused of a violent crime. In fact, last summer, he served as a camp counselor.

The 22-year-old suspect has not been identified at this time.

Officials with the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department said Bell was arrested on Saturday, shortly after the shooting.

Bell appeared in court in Waukesha County on Monday, May 16th for a probable cause hearing. Probable cause was found to hold Bell in custody for an additional 48 hours -- and formal charges are expected to be filed on Wednesday, May 18th.

A probable cause statement filed by the court indicates that the 16-year-old victim who was shot near the Bugline Trail late on Saturday afternoon had contacted someone to arrange a drug transaction. The victim and at least one other person went to the area near the Pick 'n Save store to complete the drug transaction.

One person who was with the 16-year-old shooting victim provided a statement to investigators, and indicated he and the victim walked towards a vehicle, and a black man in the front passenger seat rolled down the window and said: "Which one of you is doing this?"

The 16-year-old boy then said: "I am," according to the probable cause statement.

The passenger then asked that the 16-year-old boy get into the vehicle, and the boy entered the vehicle via the rear passenger side door.

Less than a minute later, a person who was with the 16-year-old boy said the boy took off running towards the Bugline Trail -- as the man in the front passenger seat exited the vehicle and fired four to five shots from a handgun at the 16-year-old boy.

Officials were notified of the shooting around 3:30 p.m.

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After the shooting in Sussex, prosecutors say Niikwame Bell led Butler and Wauwatosa police on a chase.

According to the probable cause statement, Bell was apprehended on Saturday after he reported to the Wauwatosa Police Department that his vehicle had been taken in a carjacking at approximately 3:15 p.m.

Wauwatosa police transported Bell to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department where he was turned over to detectives.

According to the statement, Bell admitted to detectives that his vehicle had not been stolen. He said he and another person had gone to Sussex on Saturday to "smoke some weed," and "buy some dope."

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Bell admitted he gave that person a ride to Sussex for this purpose. Bell indicated his passenger had set up a deal for an $800 to $1,000 drug transaction.

Bell told investigators his passenger and another individual had produced firearms and "exchanged shots," according to the probable cause statement.

"He acknowledges that he knowingly drove another person to the Village of Sussex Saturday afternoon. Mr. Bell admitted he was the driver of the vehicle and he came here to the Village of Sussex to participate in a drug transaction along with another person who was a passenger in his vehicle," Susan Opper, Waukesha County district attorney said in court on Monday.

"There is no information as to whether this specific car was involved in the alleged shooting or whether Mr. Bell was involved in what had happened," Kelsey Morin, Bell's attorney said.

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The probable cause statement makes reference to statements from citizen witnesses, who indicated their friend, the 16-year-old boy, had planned to "rip off" two people coming to meet him. They indicated the 16-year-old boy was going to sell a quarter-pound of marijuana to them. According to the statement, the victim had planned to take a backpack into the car, and then grab the money, leaving the backpack before fleeing the vehicle.

The statement says that once the passenger in the vehicle got out and opened fire, the victim ran, and was eventually struck by gunfire -- falling to the ground.

The witnesses indicated the shooter then came up to where the victim was laying on the ground, and stood over him -- shooting him in the head.

The statement says Bell told investigators that the 16-year-old boy had grabbed money from his friend, the passenger in his vehicle, before the shooting happened.

The 22-year-old suspect, the alleged passenger in Bell's vehicle and the alleged shooter in this case was arrested Monday morning in Milwaukee.

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The area near the Pick 'n Save store was locked down around 3:30 p.m. Saturday after this shooting.

As of 10:30 a.m. Monday, the 16-year-old remained in critical condition.

Monitor FOX6 News and for updates on this developing story.

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    • Kim

      Where is the mercy? The dumb 16 year old tried to Rob a drug dealer. Guess he learned the hard way. 16 year old dumb white kids. People in Milwaukee are not like those in susex. You mess with their money and you are going to get shot. Plain and simple. Nieve children.


    I hope for the 16 years sake the drugs was worth all of this mess, I’m thinking NOT. Lock all three up for at least 20 years for the shooter, driver 10 years, and buyer if he lives 10 years. I’m talking straight time, no plea BS.

  • wilson

    Apparently the low level drug dealer wasn’t satisfied with just making the transaction he had to somehow attempt to prove his manhood by shooting the drug user. Two extremely stupid wanna be thugs thinking they are going to get away with this in Sussex. Sorry little sissy punk wanna be thugs, but this is Waukesha County and you can’t get away with your cowardly acts here as the Sheriff’s Department has the time and resources to hunt you down and lock you up. How about 30 years in jail for both of them as the driver is an accessory to attempted murder and if the user doesn’t survive it will be 1st degree homicide.

    • Merlot

      You may want to take the time to read the story and try some comprehension. The “drug dealer” was the 16 year old kid. He attempted to “rip off” the “user”, who then ended up shooting him.

  • MelissaK

    Not that I care one bit if drug dealers shoot and kill each other; I prefer it to rid us of them. But why does Wisconsin not have the death penalty for societies scum like this??

  • listen

    Regardless of who’s fault it is that he got his hands on a gun. You should do time for life for attempting to kill someone whether they ripped you off or not. There have been plenty of times in life the rest of us have been screwed over and did we handle the situation by being a psychopath and shooting someone in the head, absolutely not. The driver and the shooter deserve life in prison end of story. I don’t know what sane person could live with themselves for heartlessly treating a person like that so they should have the opportunity to sit in prison and let it eat them alive.


    If you are going to shoot a gun at least be man enough to aim for the forehead. Let the druggers kill each other. Would be fun if a coked up punk tried to pull something on me.

  • Stupid idea

    You are stupid if you feel sorry for these criminals. Yeah let’s seize all guns from law abiding citizens while the scrum bags can continue to get their hands on illegal guns from sources our law enforcement can never shut down. So only the felons will be armed.

  • Truth Hertz

    Dumb colorless alert!!! This is not a test, you are stupid. The shooting was in reaction to an attempted theft, the theft was unsuccessful and an idiot died as a result. Now for a dumb colorless that is obviously illiterate, you couldn’t have understood the story because you are an idiot. ATTENTION DUMB COLORLESS PEOPLE, READING IS FUN TO MENTAL OR FUNDAMENTAL. :)

  • truth hurts

    Really, had to shoot him in the head too, what a piece of shlt. You got your money back you phuqing animal. He deserved to get shot or a beating but stop there. Quit inviting the ghetto trash into the small towns, idiots.

  • Acknowledge the Truth

    Hey fox 6, why are you attempting to defend the drug dealing shooters with a fabricated story. If a white man shoots an unarmed black kid., he would be demonized by the media asap and #BlackLiesMatter would be running around. But when a black man shoots an unarmed white kid you tell us he was “a camp councelor” one year. People in Sussex aren’t stupid and nothing will justify this behavior in our town. We simply wont stand for it. We have guns too… but we aren’t animals with them.

    • Hell in a handbasket

      You said it all. More proof the media is blatantly bias but they don’t seem to care.

  • Angie

    The comments about the victim here are appalling!!! No kid deserves this, not here, not anywhere!!! We need to stand behind the family as a community because he’s fighting for his life…. He is OUR kid!!!

  • Tired of the BS

    Read the article! The buyer came from Milwaukee to Sussex to buy from the kid in Sussex who in turn tried to rip off the buyer. The seller was from Sussex … dumb kid.

    • Fox 6 Rocks

      I read the article and it seems like the story was mostly based off the Milwaukee animal’s statement who is already a confirmed liar. We may never know the victim’s side of the story because he is in the hospital with a hole in his head and will most likely pass away or be permanantly braindamaged. You are a hateful, heartless person for automatically judging the parents and attemting to justify this uncalled for act of evil….I’ve been ripped off as a kid and we just beat eachother up, we got disorderly conduct tickets and everybody lived. Leave the guns at home cowards.

      • Ash

        I agree 100% . Who is Fox 6 and “c’mon” to determine who the victim’s “friends” are? If you believe everything you hear on the news you might be dumber than the junkies who associate with ghetto negroids.

  • 14 words

    I dont know the kid but my thoughts are with him. I’m not going to get him a birthday present or anything but I see him as my little brother.Our sons and daughters are impressionable and vulnerable to the poisonous mainstream media. We need to ditch the polital correct nonsence and educate our children on why “certain” neighborhoods and people are no good and should be avoided. Guide them. Pride, Respect, and Knowlege will get you very far in life.

    • Wake up

      Im sick and tired of people defending these scumbag drug dealers and murderers who sell to the junkies. The defendant is on probation in Illinois for selling drugs and armed robbery. Every lost soul junky I know listens to rap and gets their dope from black guys in Milwaukee . “If you want to kill the snake you have to cut off its head” But most Milwaukee thugs get their product from Chicago cartels. Stop focusing your shallow insults on the braindamaged junky or wigger and hate the source of the problem.

  • Joe

    Learn the history about weed it is 100% natural can’t kill you. Cigarettes, alcohol, pills, etc etc are drugs. Weed is not. Hemp companies were putting paper companies out of business back in the 1900s it’s all about money. This was a herb deal gone bad not a drug deal. Only a matter of time before it’s legal in WI as other states are finally getting it. This would have never of occurred. Funny alcohol kills people daily nobody in history has died from weed alone.

    • Haha

      Lol! Sounds like you have been tokin a little too much of the “herb”!!! Do you got a big bag of Doritos and Funyuns you are snacking on while writing your comedic blabber? The 3 wing nuts involved in this whole encounter are gonna be losers regardless if your beloved herb is legalized. They will find something else to steal and harm others over.

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