Charges filed against Jaymar Nash, man suspected of pulling the trigger in Whitewater apartment shooting

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Gazette staff
Thursday, July 31, 2014

ELKHORN—The Walworth County District Attorney's Office has filed charges against a Brown Deer man accused of firing a gun into a Whitewater apartment full of people.

Jaymar V. Nash Jr., 21, is charged with second-degree recklessly endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon.

Authorities say on July 18 Nash pulled out a .40-caliber gun and aimed it at an apartment with seven occupants, including a 6-month-old.

The shooting happened at 4:20 a.m. at University Gardens Apartments, 370 N. Tratt St., Whitewater. The apartments are two blocks from the UW-Whitewater campus.

The shooting stemmed from an argument that happened the day before at an restaurant in Madison between someone in the apartment and Ebony Nichols, 23, of Brown Deer, the criminal complaint states.

Nichols and Nash appeared at the apartment together that Friday morning before the shooting. They screamed to be let in, according to the complaint.

After the shooting, Nichols and Nash drove off.

Later that Friday, police arrested Nash, Nichols and two others involved in the shooting, Whitewater police said earlier.

Walworth County deputies pulled over two people—Nash and Dezmond Jones, 21, of Milwaukee—in the town of La Grange. Found in the vehicle was a gray and black .40 caliber gun, the complaint states.

Jones was arrested on suspicion of party to first-degree recklessly endangering safety and disorderly conduct along with Brianna M. Jones, 21, Whitewater, and Nichols, Whitewater police told The Gazette earlier.

Nash is also charged with felony bail jumping and disorderly conduct by use of a dangerous weapon.

Nash will appear in court next at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at the Walworth County Judicial Center. He is being held at the Walworth County Jail on a $25,000 cash bond.

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