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“Frequently jealous:” 19-year-old man charged after shooting at Brookfield’s Embassy Suites

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Nico Swanagan

WAUKESHA COUNTY — 19-year-old Nico Swanagan of Milwaukee has been criminally charged for his alleged role in a shooting that happened at the Brookfield Embassy Suites last weekend.

Two people suffered gunshot wounds in the incident. An 18-year-old woman from Milwaukee was hit in the buttocks. An 18-year-old man from Milwaukee was shot in the abdomen and had to have surgery.

Swanagan faces the following charges:

  • Attempted first degree intentional homicide (three counts)
  • First degree recklessly endangering safety (two counts)
  • Felony criminal damage to property
  • Misdemeanor bail jumping

The criminal complaint indicates a birthday party was being held at the Embassy Suites on Sunday evening, January 29th. Roughly 25 people were at the party.

Embassy Suites in Brookfield

Embassy Suites in Brookfield

A witness told police Swanagan “is frequently jealous” and his girlfriend has “had previous conflicts regarding (his) jealousy.” At some point during the evening, Swanagan and his girlfriend went into a bedroom and the complaint indicates the door was closed and a witness “heard one gunshot come from that bedroom.” The complaint says everyone at the party went to the bedroom and asked if everything was OK. The girlfriend said “everything was fine and that a balloon had popped.”

Later, that same witness told investigators Swanagan went up to his girlfriend and began “choking and hitting her.” Some people at the party “jumped on top of (Swanagan)” and he “then jumped up holding a black and silver handgun.” The witness told investigators she then ran and heard about six gunshots go off.

Embassy Suites in Brookfield

Embassy Suites in Brookfield

Another witness told police “it did not appear that (Swanagan) was seeking anyone specific, but just shooting at random.”

After the gunshots were fired, police said the suspect took off in a vehicle.

Shooting at Embassy Suites in Brookfield

Shooting at Embassy Suites in Brookfield

Around 10:45 p.m., the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office took a report for suspicious activity near the pond in McGovern Park. The citizen witness “stated she observed a person throw a bag onto the ice in the park. The citizen witness stated she believed the bag may contain a gun.” Deputies responded to the park and were able to recover the bag — “it contained a Smith & Wesson 40 caliber handgun.” Based on more information from the citizen witness and the information at the Brookfield incident, investigators believed the incidents were related.

Nico Swanagan

Nico Swanagan

On Monday, January 30th, Swanagan turned himself into the Brookfield Police Department. The complaint indicates he did not take responsibility for the shooting incident at the hotel.

Swanagan made his initial appearance in court on Wednesday, February 1st. Cash bond was set at $250,000. Swanagan is due back in court on February 8th.


  • Chris

    Once again FOX6 should have done more homework. This punk was out on bail and ordered not to have any weapons from a court hearing on 1/11/17. Yeah….that $300 signature bond really prevented him from having a gun. When will the Milwaukee justice system get tough on crime? This punk was on 2nd degree supervision and STILL did this. How about put his behind in jail and let me not be a menace to society?

    • lovin2017sofar

      They will never get tough on crime. They are too PC and feel it DOES matter what race you are when you commit a crime, instead of just looking at the crime. Just the way it is and the same people will keep getting elected Mayor Trolley, Chris “the enabler” Abele, Gwen “Moore” free handouts, “Can’t win with my hands tied” Flynn, well he’s appointed not elected, but you know how it goes: do not bite the hand that is giving you the free stuff.

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