crime and punishment

Racine, Wisconsin’s Rakayo Vinson accused of shooting Kenosha’s Cedric Gaston, Atkeen Stevenson, Kevin Donaldson

Rakayo Alandis Vinson (©Kenosha County Sheriff's Office)
Rakayo Alandis Vinson (©Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office)

Rakayo Alandis Vinson, 24, of Racine, Wisconsin, United States has been arrested. He was charged with one count of first-degree intentional homicide while additional charges were expected to be filed.

On April 18, 2021, Vinson was inside the Somers House Tavern on Sheridan Road in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Just before 12:42 a.m. that day, he allegedly had a fight inside the bar with three Kenosha residents namely Atkeen Stevenson, 26, Cedric Gaston, 24, and Kevin Donaldson, 22.

Because of the fight, Vinson was kicked out of the bar. He allegedly came back in with a gun and opened fire, which killed Stevenson, Gaston and Donaldson.

Three other men were injured namely a Kenosha resident, 26, a Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA resident, 23, and another Wonder Lake resident, 22. They were possibly not intended targets, according to Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth.

“The first two people who passed died inside the bar,” The Journal Times quoted Beth as saying. “The third died in gunfire outside the bar. That subject was fatally shot, got into his car with others and then passed away.”

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Because of the shooting, Carthage College, which is near the Somers House Tavern, was on lockdown. At 6:20 a.m., authorities sent a message to the school to say the lockdown can be lifted.

Later that day, Vinson’s cousin in Mount Pleasant, Racine County, Wisconsin called 911 to report his car stolen, WISN 12 quoted District Attorney Michael Graveley as saying. When Vinson returned the car in the afternoon that day, he was arrested by Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

Vinson was booked into the Kenosha County Jail. His cash bond was set at $4 million.

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