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Officials: Motive unclear in Delavan Lake shooting

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Kayla Bunge
August 7, 2010
— Two men—one from Janesville and one from Darien—are locked in the Walworth County Jail in connection with the Thursday shooting of a Lake Geneva man near Delavan Lake.

Corey D. Moore-Morrison, 18, of Janesville and Nathan N. Williams, 28, of Darien are being held on suspicion of probation violation.


Eric Grethe, 20, of Lake Geneva was in fair condition Friday afternoon at Mercy Hospital in Janesville recovering from surgery to remove the bullet.


Authorities have not yet been able to determine what provoked the shooting, Walworth County Sheriff David Graves said. They also haven’t figured out how well the three men knew each other, he said.


“We’re trying to make sure we have all of our facts together before we say anything about that,” he said.


The sheriff’s office dive team was searching the channel off the south end of Delavan Lake on Friday for the gun and other evidence, Graves said. They might expand their search if they don’t find anything, he said.


The sheriff encouraged anyone with information about the location of the weapon to call police.


Witnesses reported the shooting at 3:46 p.m. Thursday near South Shore Drive and Doris Street in Walworth Township on the south side of Delavan Lake, according to a news release from the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office.


Sheriff’s deputies found a man with a gunshot wound to the back in the yard of a nearby home, Graves said.


Deputies searched the area for two men who witnesses said had fled on foot around the southwest end of the lake, he said.


Deputies arrested Moore-Morrison at 4:27 p.m. Thursday after he walked out of the woods near Viewcrest Drive, which is east of County O and south of North Shore Drive in Delavan Township, Graves said.


They arrested Williams at 5:26 p.m. Thursday after they tracked him into the Ravenswood subdivision east of County O in Delavan Township, he


said.


Deputies were able to find the men fairly quickly because witnesses provided good descriptions of the suspects and the directions in which they fled, Graves said. Deputies used search dogs, a boat and a helicopter to track the men, he said.


Details about events leading up the shooting were not clear Friday afternoon.


The victim and suspects arrived in the area in two vehicles, Graves said. Investigators believe the men gathered in the victim’s vehicle and got into an argument and the victim was shot in the back with a small-caliber handgun, he said.


The men struggled over control of the vehicle before the suspects fled, entered their own vehicle, drove a short distance and then fled on foot, Graves said. The victim managed to get out of his vehicle, stumble into a nearby yard and tell people he had been shot, he said.


Moore-Morrison is on probation from three misdemeanor convictions in Walworth County in 2009 for battery, disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property, according to online court records.


Williams is on probation from a felony conviction in Kenosha County in 2004 for hit and run involving great bodily harm and a felony conviction in Walworth County in 2004 for substantial battery, according to online court records.


The sheriff’s office Friday still was collecting evidence and taking statements from witnesses and those involved in the shooting. The case had not yet been referred to the district attorney’s office, Graves said.



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