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A man arrested by police in Indiana last week for his alleged involvement in the shooting death of a man at a South Side 7-Eleven convenience store earlier this month was identified mainly through surveillance video from the shooting scene and from a bar where he had been just before the shooting, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday.

Dametrius A. Reeves, who is in custody at the Marion County jail in Indianapolis, was formally charged with first-degree intentional homicide for the shooting death of Kendrith J. Young, 33, on Aug. 2, and attempted first-degree intentional homicide for wounds to Rodney Lemon Jr., who was with Young.

Police in Wausau also arrested Curtis J. Langlois, 37, of Wausau, on Aug. 8 for two armed robberies there. But in talking with Langlois the next day, he confessed to taking part in a shooting at a Madison convenience store on Aug. 2, according to a criminal complaint filed in Marathon County. Langlois has not yet been formally charged with the homicide.

The complaint against Reeves was filed on Aug. 8 but sealed by a Dane County judge. It was unsealed after the judge was informed that Reeves had been arrested in Indianapolis. While it discusses the process of identifying Reeves as a suspect, it does not say why the shooting occurred or whether the two pairs of men knew one another.

According to the complaint against Reeves, police gathered surveillance video and on it saw a car containing Young and Lemon pull into the parking lot of the 7-Eleven at 2703 W. Beltline at 12:10 a.m. on Aug. 2. A short time later, a second car pulled in and turned around in a dead-end area of the parking lot.

This is what happened, according to the complaint:

Two people emerged from the southeast side of the store, both carrying dark-colored objects that could have been guns. One of the men was wearing white camouflage shorts and a gray T-shirt, and a white mask with dark or black areas around the eyes and mouth. He was described as appearing to be white and heavyset with dark hair.

The other man appeared to be black, wearing black pants and a white short-sleeved shirt with black sleeves and black lettering on the front. He was wearing a green ski mask pulled over his head and face.

Both fired several shots at Young. The first man also fired a shot into the store itself.

An autopsy by the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office found that Young was shot eight times, including two shots to his head and six to his upper torso. Three of the wounds could have been fatal, according to the autopsy.

Lemon told police that before the shooting, he and Young had been at Licari’s, a bar on Emil Street about a mile from the 7-Eleven.

Surveillance from the bar showed Young and Lemon, along with two men wearing the same clothing as the shooters seen on the surveillance video, minus the masks.

Staff at the bar said the thinner man in the video was Reeves, who had been a customer at the bar at least several times in the past.


Ed Treleven is the courts reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.