New details as charges filed against men accused in July 5th Madison shooting

MADISON, Wis. — Dane County authorities have officially filed charges against two men believed to be responsible for a fatal shooting on the Madison’s west side during 4th of July weekend.

Christopher Somersett, 26 is facing one count of first-degree intentional homicide. Avieon Little, 24, is facing one count of first-degree intentional homicide as party to a crime. The charges were filed against both men in Dane County court on Wednesday.

According to a criminal complaint, police identified the suspects using surveillance footage from the gas station where the shooting happened.

Police said surveillance footage showed Little and another man first showed up at the gas station around 12:10 a.m., roughly a half hour before the shooting. Footage reportedly showed Little exiting a vehicle and walking into the gas station around 12:25 p.m. Little returned to the car roughly 10 minutes later before the vehicle drove off.

Just two minutes later, at 12:38 a.m., the victim, 22-year-old Keshaun Q. Davis-Williams, and two other men pulled into the parking lot in a Dodge Charger. Just over a minute after the two other men entered the store, surveillance footage showed a man run out of the car wash bay while firing at the Charger. Little was also spotted on camera firing at the vehicle, according to the complaint.

Authorities said Williams was shot seven times during the shooting.

Upon further investigation, police found that the vehicle Little was seen leaving the gas station in was registered to one of Somersett’s parents. Somersett was subsequently named as a suspect.

When an officer tried arresting Somersett two days after the shooting, Somersett reportedly threw his phone into a patch of grass and ran away from the officer. Somersett was taken into custody and police took the phone into evidence. While looking through Somersett’s phone, police said they found searches for Williams’ family members’ Facebook accounts and news about the homicide.

Phone records reportedly confirmed Little as in the area of the gas station at the time of the shooting. A post on his Facebook account also showed Little wearing the same shirt that he was seen in on the security footage. Little was holding a handgun with an extended magazine in the photo, authorities said.

Authorities are still searching for Little and have since issued an arrest warrant for him.

Somersett has been in custody on a probation hold since his arrest shortly after the shooting. He’s being held on a $250,000 bond.