KENOSHA — A 44-year-old Kenosha man was charged Tuesday with the shooting death of Khaled Alchaar outside a busy Pleasant Prairie restaurant in May.
According to the criminal complaint, Shawn Amelio Sr. told police he shot Alchaar after the younger man pulled a gun on Amelio’s 19-year-old daughter during a meeting for a drug sale.
Amelio was charged Tuesday with second-degree reckless homicide for the shooting death of Alchaar, along with four counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety with a dangerous weapon.
His daughter Christina Amelio, 19, was charged with a related drug-dealing offense.
Alchaar’s May 20 death in the busy parking lot of Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, a popular restaurant just off Highway 50, shocked the community.
Police said Alchaar called his brother, who lived minutes away, immediately after he was shot, and the brother and his wife arrived in the parking lot before police, finding Alchaar bleeding and alone. He died after being taken to a hospital.
In the aftermath of his death, Alchaar’s family expressed frustration that police focused on searching the area for the shooter before treating Alchaar for his wounds.
There was also a public outcry about the length of the investigation, and rumors spread on social media about the identity of the shooter.
Drug deal goes bad
According to the criminal complaint filed Tuesday, Pleasant Prairie Police have been focused on Amelio and his daughter since shortly after the shooting.
Security video from the restaurant showed a vehicle leaving the parking lot after the shooting that was registered to Amelio.
The complaint states that Christina Amelio had set up a meeting with Alchaar to sell him 2 ounces of marijuana. She planned at first to meet him at a park on May 20, and drove with her father, Shawn Amelio Sr., to the park for the meeting. Alchaar did not show.
The father and daughter left, went to pick up food, but Christina continued to message with Alchaar, according to the complaint, and agreed to meet at Cheddar’s.
According to the complaint, the Amelios told police that when they got to the restaurant parking lot, Alchaar got into their car, and that when Christina gave him the bag of marijuana, Shawn Amelio said he heard Alchaar say: “This is what’s happening: You’re getting robbed.”
“Defendant Shawn Amelio stated that out of the corner of his eye he saw the barrel of a gun, which was pointed at defendant Christina Amelio’s head,” the complaint says.
Shawn Amelio said when Alchaar got out of the car, he got out of the vehicle as well, yelling “hey stop” as Alchaar ran away.
“Defendant Shawn Amelio stated that he observed the gun in Khaled’s right hand and noted that his right arm was being raised up. Defendant Shawn Amelio indicated that Khaled did not fire a shot, just pointed the gun at him.
The complaint states that Amelio did not believe he had shot Alchaar because Alchaar ran away.
Police found a bloody bag of marijuana in the parking lot. There is no mention in the complaint that police found a gun.